Saint Earnan's Well, beside Killernan Graveyard
Townland: Killernan, Kilmurry-Ibrickan
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well stands in open ground outside the wall of Killernan graveyard. Near the well in the wall of the graveyard is a coffin resting stone. A faint grass path leads to the well. This was likely used by hearses.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
Killernan is also known as ‘Cill Earnáin’. The townland and church of Killernan are named for Earnáin, who was a colleague of Colum Cille.
Donal de Barra wrote in 2007:
‘There are two holy wells in the immediate vicinity of the graveyard. One is dedicated to Our Lady and is very well maintained, the other is devoted to St Ernan and receives somewhat less attention.’
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well stands on rough ground of heather and fionnán grass outside the wall of the graveyard. The site is elevated with fine views all around.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Continuing west will bring the visitor to Milltown Malbay and the Atlantic Coast of Clare.
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