Townland: Cooga, Kiladysert
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well lies in the old Paradise House Estate. It is said to lie in a grazing field. However at the time of the research visit the well could not be located.
Saint and Feast Associated with Holy Well
This is one of several wells along the Shannon Estuary named after Saint Martin. Here, Saint Martin seems to have replaced an earlier dedication to Saint Ruadhán. Saint Martin’s feast day is 11th November and is still observed at nearby Ballynacally.
In local folklore Saint Martin and Saint Senan of Scattery are closely linked. In one story they are said to have met. This would not have been possible as Martin, born 397 AD, lived much earlier than Saint Senan who was born in 488 AD. More likely is that Saint Senan brought a relic of Martin to Clare with him.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The village of Ballynacally is close to the site of the holy well and offers restaurants. Travelling west along the Shannon Estuary offers fine views of the river. Further west again is the Atlantic Coast and the town of Kilrush.