Contributed by Lorraine O’Dwyer

The Feast of St Aiden

St Aidan once had his own Feast Day in Wexford, the 31st of January. It was mainly celebrated in the area surrounding Ferns and certainly no further than the confines of Wexford itself.
No work would be done on that day and a Holy Mass dedicated to St Aidan would be held.
The well, situated just outside the Cathedral in Ferns is dedicated to St Aidan and is said to cure toothaches!
A little further away is the village of Oylgate (Trans. the ridge of the goats) Here you will find St Davids Holy Well,
The water from this well is supposed to rid you of warts!


Duchas Folklore collection


Lorraine O’Dwyer, “The Feast of St Aiden,” Ancient Connections, accessed August 8, 2023,