Friars Well, Tobar na Brathair, Knocknageeha

Friars Well, Tobar na Brathair, Knocknageeha
Tony Kirby

Townland: Knocknageeha

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

This holy well lies in an area of heavy scrub in a small clearing surrounded by mature trees. Today it takes the form of a small muddy pool, and there were no votive offerings present at the time of the research visit. A steady trickle of water flowed off downhill from the well. The well was once used as a water source for a couple living in a cottage nearby and they maintained the well. When the people living in the cottage passed away the well and the cottage became overgrown. An entry by Joe Noonan in the Sliabh Aughty Journal simply states:
‘Situated in the townland of Knocknageeha, two hundred yards NW of Martin O’Briens old house. Noted for the cure of most ailments, especially the eyes’.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

There is no saint associated with this holy well but it is said to hold a cure for most ailments, especially those of the eyes. There is no known pattern day at the well.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The reported site of the well is in an area of dense scrub

Discover More…

The holy well is listed on the 1842 Ordnance Survey Map

Noonan, J 1990, ‘Blessed Wells around Lough Graney’, Sliabh Aughty Journal, vol 1. pp 6-7

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP – CL019-013

 

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