Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel

Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel
James Feeney
Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel
James Feeney
Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel
James Feeney
Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel
James Feeney
Saint Augustine's Well, Carrowkeel
James Feeney

Townland: Carrowkeel, Kilshanny

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

This holy well stands in the grounds of a private house, to the south-east of the Abbey of Mary and St. Augustine. The well is accommodated in a wall-like structure and appears to hold water in all seasons. Two recesses here contain domestic statues of Saint Augustine and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was freshly lime-washed and the area was excellently maintained at the time of the research visit.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The feast day of Saint Augustine is 28th August. The pattern tradition continues here, as it does at Saint Augustine’s Well at Garrynagry, Kilmihil. The Augustinian Order had a strong presence in the area for centuries which only faded after the Reformation in the 16th century.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well once had an important companion tree that died, most likely as a result of old age. It has not been replaced. South of the holy well on slightly lower ground is a stream which is probably fed from the overflow of the well spring.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Kilshanny Village and restaurant are nearby. Ennistymon Town is approximately 5 kilometres south of the well site.

Additional Information

Mention is made in historical records of a Saint Cuana of Kilchuana, also known as Kilshanny. He is said to have died in 650 AD, and his bell is still preserved. A symbol of his bell may be seen on a grave-slab at Killinaboy Church.

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Clare County Library, ‘The Charter of Clare Abbey and the Augustinian ‘Province’ in Co. Clare: The Residential Houses; Kilshanny; Augustinian Impropriations; Care of Souls’ by Michael Mac Mahon

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL015-028

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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