Visitors to Saint Declan’s Well will know that they are walking in a place that a Saint spent time in.
But few visitors will know Hugh Byrne. A private soldier in the Donegal militia that dedicated his the end of his life to tending to the Well. He is also said to have been buried next to Declan’s grave.
Some people just make a difference.
And, often they may not even know that there efforts will be remembered after they are gone.
As you walk around the Well next, spare a thought for Hugh.
For the history enthusiasts, we continue this story with a wonderful article from the THE DUBLIN PENNY JOURNAL CONDUCTED BY P. DIXON HARDY, M.R.I.A. Vol. III – OCTOBER 4, in 1834. No. 118.
“The village of Ardmore is situated on the coast of the county of Waterford, about four miles from Youghal, and is remarkable for one of the most perfect round towers to be found in Ireland, the origin of which is attributed to St. Declan, who is said to have been the friend and companion of St. Patrick, by whom he was made Bishop of Ardmore, where he founded an abbey about the year 402, and where his memory is still held in great veneration. Read more