Ederney Covered Wishing Well

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Kesh, Fermanagh,

Situated about 100 metres outside Ederney Village on the Main Road to Omagh,


Ederney Folklore - The Glendarragh Wishing Well on the edge of Ederney village (on the Lack road). The said well was originally part of the Glendarragh Lodge grounds but in the late 1850s was separated by the construction of a new Ederney to Lack road.

A wishing well is a term from Celtic folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the idea that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods, since water was a source of life and often a scarce commodity.

The Celtic peoples believed that springs and wells to be sacred places. Sometimes the places were marked with wooden statues possibly of the god associated with the pool. Water was seen to have healing powers and consequently wells became popular with many people drinking, bathing or just simply wishing over it.

In the circumstance of the Glendarragh Wishing Well*, a 19th century born Ederney (Edenclaw) resident and apparent foreseer, Terence Boyle believed that uttering a wish at the well would be granted and had been a custom in the area for centuries.

Such a myth may be a leftover from ancient mythology such as Mímir's Well from Nordic myths, also known as the "Well of Wisdom", a well that could grant you infinite wisdom provided you sacrificed something you held dear. Odin was asked to sacrifice his right eye which he threw into the well to receive not only the wisdom of seeing the future but the understanding of why things must be. Mímir is the Nordic god of wisdom, and his well sits at the roots of Yggdrasil, the World Tree which draws its water from the well.

Situated outside Ederney Village on the Main Road to Omagh, this unusual covered Wishing Well is the only one of its kind in the local area. Access to the Well is obtained through a Kissing Gate which is located near to the roadside.

On the hill overlooking the well, upon the abandoned ancient hill road, is the original set of toll gate pillars that travellers and goods carts had to pass through for gaining access to Ederney and beyond in olden times.

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