The old well and rag tree at this hilltop site on the edge of Armagh have been overtaken by events, and by houses.
The well has been vandalised and filled with rubbish: although an elder tree thrives only the stump remains of the old hawthorn. Once this was a fine spreading tree, its branches bedecked with rags and bearing pennies hammered into its bark.
However, there is still veneration and care from at least one local resident who acts as unofficial guardian of the well. It is hoped that further houses may actually be of benefit, and that the developers of private housing nearby may contribute to the well’s restoration.