St Michael’s Holy Well, also known as ‘Tobar na Hulla’, or ‘well of the apples’, is said to have curative powers for those with eye ailments.
Stories have it that the glen in which St Michael’s Well is found, known locally as the Bloody Glen, was a place that saw prolific faction fighting.
Faction fighting is a practice relating to the Irish martial art of ‘bataireacht’ (literally ‘stick fighting’). Faction fights resembled medieval mêlées and would take place between large groups of men (and sometimes women) at gatherings throughout the country. The merit of these fights is hotly debated, with some historians labelling the practice as indicative of an endemic culture of recreational violence in Ireland and others suggesting it had important political and social overtones.