Saint Be(t)han's Well, Cahersherkin, Ennistymon
Townland: Cahersherkin, Ennistymon
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well is located within the Cahersherkin townland, east of Ennistymon and about three kilometers off the N85. The well is immediately to the right of where the tarred road ends.
The well is a spring and has stone walls and a shelf for votive offerings. Above the shelf is an enclosed grotto with its window pane still intact. Vegetation has overtaken the inside of the grotto.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is said to be dedicated to Saint Bet(h)an or Behan, about whom little is known. When last visited, the well offered a cure for sore eyes. It is the hope of the well owner to restore it to a condition of use, especially for the local community.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well site has a low drystone surround which is currently being refurbished. The field where the well sits is rough ground that is currently being reclaimed.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The town of Ennistymon, with its famous waterfall known as ‘The Falls’, is fifteen minutes from the holy well site. Ennistymon was once a powerhouse for the preservation of Gaelic Literature. Further west is the town of Lahinch, a popular destination for golfers and surfers.
Record of Monuments and Places Number
This well has not yet been registered.