Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley

Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Area of Our Lady's Well, Kilmaley
James Feeney

Townland: Kilmaley, Cill Maile, The Church of Maley

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The well lies on a slope above the Lecarrow Beg River. The grounds around the well are well maintained. The well is decorated in the Marian colours of blue and white.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The well is now dedicated to Our Lady, though its listed name is ‘Toberscreabhan’, suggesting it was once dedicated to another saint. The old church and graveyard are visible across the river from the holy well site and the well is still visited.

Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:

‘About one hundred and fifty yards south of the Church, at the other side of the River, is a Holy Well dedicated to the Virgin Mary at which devotions still continue to be performed for the cure of sore eyes.’

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well has a channel to remove excess water in wet weather. It was dry at the time of the research visit.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Kilmaley village is a few minutes from the holy well site. There is good coarse fishing in the nearby lakes.

Additional Information

James Frost, ‘The History and Topography of the County of Clare’, 1893:

‘The Calendars are silent as to the history of St. Maley. Only a portion of the old church is standing; in its vicinity is a large grave-yard, and not far off are two holy wells, one dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the other to Sgrevaun of Clondagad.’

Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:

‘At about the distance of a furlong east of the Church is a Holy Well dedicated to St. Sgreabhan of Clondagad, at which devotions continue to be performed for the cure of sore eyes.’

Perhaps this record refers to present day Tobar Oonagh

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Ordnance Survey Letters, Royal Irish Academy

Ordnance Survey Letters, Ask About Ireland

Frost, J 1893, ‘The History and Topography of the County of Clare: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the 18th Century’, Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Dublin

Record of Monuments and Places

RMP-CL040-016

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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