Saint Michael's Holy Well, Tobar Mhichíl, Kilbreckan
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.
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’.
Record of Monuments and Places Number
Surveyed by Michael Houlihan