Saint Joseph's Holy Well, Dulick
Townland: Dulick, Templemaley
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well is located in an enclosure bounded on the south-west by Lough Girroga and on the north by the former Our Lady’s Psychiatric Hospital. There is a grove of trees with a gravel path leading to the well enclosure. The well lies beneath the last grotto, a little to the right. Many of the tall mature trees at the site were removed so the area is now more open. Paths leading to the various grottos have been renewed.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well was previously dedicated to Inneenboy, patroness of the Cineál Baoith clan of Mid-Clare. The re-dedication to Saint Joseph occurred sometime after Joseph was made a Patron of the Universal Church in 1870 by Pope Pius IX
However, other saints are also honoured here including Our Lady, Saint Anne and The Sacred Heart. 15th August is the traditional day for well visitation and a mass takes place at the well which always gets a good attendance.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
Most of the bushes and scrub around the well enclosure were removed and the grasses replanted. Some of the tree trunks have been reshaped into seating for visitors. Lough Girroga can inundate the site in winter with waters rising several feet.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The well lies on the outskirts of Ennis Town which offers all amenities.
For a more complete story of Saint Joseph’s Well see the short book: Kearns, M 2014, ‘St. Joseph’s Well, Dulick Parish Doora-Barefield’
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Surveyed by Michael Houlihan