St Fiacre’s pilgrimage – keeping an ancient Kilkenny tradition alive
THE annual pilgrimage in honour of St Fiacre will take place at the revered saint’s sixth century Holy Well and ruins in Ullard next Friday, February 8.
This county Kilkenny tradition has been kept alive for centuries.
The Holy Well is situated in a field at Ullard, about three miles outside Graignamanagh.
The well is said to have been blessed by St Fiacre when he lived there in the latter half of the sixth century.
St Fiacre is the patron saint of gardeners and remains a revered figure, particularly in France where he lived in Breuil, in the region of Brie.
During his life Fiacre attracted many followers and those who would either try to emulate him or who felt that living close to him would inspire and encourage them in their pilgrimage through life.