Parthenanes Well or Toberparthanaun, Cragaunboy, (Willbrook), Corofin
Townland: Cragaunboy, (Willbrook), Corofin
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well lies in a field to the north of the local Willbrook Road (R460). No obvious religious signs remain at the well. The well site is now dry and lies beneath an ash tree close to the old railway track foundations.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is associated with Saint Parthenane. Little is known about this saint. Practice at the well may have fallen out of use when the nearby school finally closed. The well is known to some locals but appears to be no longer visited. Other current locals appear to be unaware of the well or its whereabouts.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well stands beside some mature ash and beech trees in rushy land.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Corofin Village, the gateway to the Burren, is fifteen minutes from the holy well site.
Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:
“There is a Holy Well in the same Townland called Tobar-Parthanane, i.e., Parthanane’s Well, at which a Patron and Stations were formerly held on St. Bartholomew’s Day, which they believe to have been also St. Blathmac’s Day, who was Patron of the Parish”.
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