Saint Leonard's Well, locally known as Tullig Well, Oughterard

Townland: Cross, Oughterard

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

This well is in the townland of Oughterard, locally it is known as Tullig Well. It lies on a rocky shoreline which is constantly battered by the tide. The well is in a recess at the bottom of the cliff face which is tidal. As the tide goes out, fresh water begins to flow again. Care should be taken with tides in this area.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The well was said to have the power to destroy parasites that affect crops, such as wire worm and leather jacket. It is believed that the water from the well has to be used on nine ‘rogation’ days – festival days devoted to special prayers for crops. If one day is missed the person must start from the beginning again.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

There is no foliage to note around the holy well. Tough ‘fionnán’ or purple moore grass is located above the holy well.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Much of the coastline here is wild and rugged, with rock formations which would be of interest to geologists. Loop Head Lighthouse is close by. Lunch and refreshments are available at Kilbaha Village, and there are also some interesting crafts available.

Additional Information

Much of the information here is drawn from the article ‘Holy Wells of West Clare’ By Tommy McGrath.

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The Holy Wells of West Clare, Tommy McGrath

Record of Monuments and Places Number

None at present

 

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