Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan

Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
James Feeney
Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
James Feeney
Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
James Feeney
Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
James Feeney
Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
James Feeney

Townland: Kilbreckan, Doora

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

This holy well lies in a small grove in the corner of a grazing field, at the end of a cul-de-sac near the M18 road. It has a stone shelter which is still in good condition.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The holy well is dedicated to Saint Michael. Its origins may be associated with the Augustinian Clare Abbey at nearby Clarecastle. Mass is celebrated annually close to the feast day of Saint Michael on 29th September.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The holy well stands beside a grove of trees in a corner of a grazing field.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

The well is close to Ennis Town, Doora and Quin village.

Additional Information

It is likely that the well here was originally dedicated to Saint Breckan, one of Clare’s pioneering saints and patron of Doora parish. However, as a result of the influence of the Augustinians at Clare Abbey, a few kilometres away, the dedication may have been changed  to St. Michael, an Augustinian favourite.

Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:

‘St. Michael’s Well in the Townland of Kilbreckan, in which there seems to have been a little Church named after St. Brecan’.

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Clare County Library 2

Clare County Library 3

Ordnance Survey Letters, Royal Irish Academy

Ordnance Survey Letters, Ask About Ireland

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL034-103

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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