An Introduction to the Clare Holy Wells Project

Welcome to the Clare Holy Wells Project. The aim of this project is to create awareness of the many holy wells of County Clare and to celebrate their built, natural & cultural heritage significance. It also aims to encourage the continuation of the holy well visitation traditions and their ongoing conservation, preservation and enjoyment.

Tober Voydan, Tobar Bhaighdeáin or Bhiodán, Kilvoydan, Killinaboy.

Tober Voydan, Tobar Bhaighdeáin or Bhiodán, Kilvoydan, Killinaboy. Surveyed by Michael Houlihan. Photo credit: James Feeney

The following pages are not a static resource, but will develop as research on the holy wells of Clare continues. At present, these web pages represent just a portion of the holy wells in County Clare. More entries will be added over the coming weeks and months.

Clare County Council, the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland wish to thank all the individuals and community groups who facilitated the Clare Holy Wells Survey. In particular, we wish to acknowledge the great work done by individuals and groups with an interest in all aspects of Clare Holy Wells in their community and in the County, those who keep the holy well traditions and who maintain the holy wells.

Please note:

Responsibility for access to the holy wells lies with the individual. Access to any holy well should be agreed with the landowner in advance where the holy well is on private property

Some of the sites featured in this survey and web pages are on private ground, on perilous ground, and/or in poor states of repair. It is the visitor’s responsibility to carry out their own research in regard to access and safety arrangements prior to any visit. The onus is on the visitor to ensure all necessary permissions are obtained, and proper safety precautions are taken prior to visiting any site featured in this dataset/survey.

We hope you enjoy learning more about the holy wells of County Clare and if you have any feedback on these pages as they are developed, please feel free to send this to:

Navigating these web pages:

There are a number of ways to navigate the information on these web pages


A map is available to browse the holy well sites. Each blue dot  on the map represents a holy well. Click on a blue dot to see the name of that holy well. If you see ‘More Info’, clicking on these words will bring you to a web page dedicated to this holy well. Please note that the web pages for each well are currently being developed, and not every blue dot will have a web page attached yet. Access the map here.

List of wells

At the right hand side of the web page you will see a list of the holy wells in alphabetical order. Multiple wells which are dedicated to the same saint will be differentiated by townland and/or parish.


At the very end of each web page you will notice the name of the townland and parish where the holy well is located. If you click on these place names you can see any other holy wells which are in the same townland.

Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan

Saint Michael’s Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan. Surveyed by Michael Houlihan. Photo credit: James Feeney




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