Fahy Holy Well, Faha Holy Well or Saint Ann's Well, Feakle
Townland: Fahy, Feakle
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
Fahy ‘An Fhaiche’ or ‘Faithche Uí Allmhúráin’, refers to O’Halloran’s Meadow or Lawn. This well takes the form of a bullaun, a stone with a basin like depression on its surface which is often filled with water. It is one of a cluster of monuments, including a derelict church and a graveyard in the next field. The stone wall near the well has a stepped stile, which may have assisted pilgrims as they followed an old pilgrimage route across the countryside. The well has been out of use for a long time and seems to belong to an earlier era of veneration.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
Folklore suggests that Saint Ann is associated with the area, and presumably the well. The ancient church here is in the parish of Feakle. Only one wall remains. It has an unusual feature at the roof apex, possibly a cross.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well lies a little to the north of a farmyard, at the lower slope of a grazing field close to the dividing wall. It sits in a natural raised platform in front of an ancient ash tree which is now decaying.
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Surveyed by Michael Houlihan