Earlier this year we were awarded funding from the Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2023 to develop a Conservation Management Plan for the Well House at Mount Melleray.
The Well House was constructed in the 1840s to protect the ‘well’ where two springs meet. Despite good maintenance over the years this fascinating tabernacle-like structure is now in need of some tlc!
The Heritage Council funding is for a Conservation Management Report for this important structure to guide us in preserving and maintaining the Well House for future generations, not only because of its architectural significance but also because it continues to serve the same function for which it was originally intended, namely, to protect the well head and prevent dirt and impurities getting into the well, which provides the sole supply of drinking water for the monastery, guesthouse and cafe.
The report by David Kelly Partnership and Margaret Quinlan Architects is available here: