The holy well now called
after him is situated at Meenard in the townland
of Slievedoo that is now part of the Killeter
Forest. Many years ago seven families lived there,
and one of the was William Breen. Lord Caledon
who owned the land, employed William as a gamekeeper.
Lord Caledon built two houses there, one the Lough
House and the other the Glen House. He used these
houses as summer residences for the Caledon Family.
Breen had the Stations, that is when the priests
of the parish come to the home to celebrate Mass
for the people of certain townlands. When Mass
was over in the Breen home and the neighbours
had got tea, Fr McLaughlin and William walked
a short way outside and came to the Well. Fr McLaughlin
asked William about it and he was told that it
was a spring well. It was rising from limestone
rock and never went dry so the people of the townland
had a constant supply of water for their houses.
know why, but, Fr McLaughlin blessed the well
“for all people” asking them to say
one Our Father and five Hail Marys when making
a request at the well. Druing the years since
very many people come and make a station at this
well for bodily ailments and especially toothache,
though it is unlikely Fr McLaughlin intended it
to be used for this purpose. The pilgrims usually
leave some money, medals or something of this
nature when doing the station and drink some water
from the well.