Saint Ruaun's Well, Tobar Ruadháin, Cloonaheen Middle

Saint Ruaun's Well, Tobar Ruadháin, Cloonaheen Middle
James Feeney

Townland: Cloonaheen Middle, Kilmurry-Ibrickan

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The well lies a little back from the north shore of Doolough, towards the eastern end of the lake, beside local road L6264. It stands approximately 100 metres behind a private thatched cottage. There once was a clear path to the well, and the remains of steps and an improvised railing of plastic piping can still be seen.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The well is dedicated to the 6th century Saint Ruaun, who may be the same saint associated with a well close to Ballynacally- until the well was rededicated to Saint Martin. There, his name was spelt ‘Ruadhán’.

Both names probably refer to Saint Ruadhán of Lorrha, County Tipperary. Ruadhán is a national saint and considered to be one of Ireland’s twelve apostles. His feast day is 15th April.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well stands in an area which was once cultivated. A small beautiful whitethorn tree marks the site and was in bloom at the time of the research visit.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Immediately south of the well is the lovely Doo Lough.

Additional Information

The well here is associated with Saint Ruaun, whereas the nearby lake has strong connections to Saint Senan. In the folklore, when Senan had defeated the Cathach monster, he banished him to Doo Lough, where he is believed to still reside. It is said he makes a brief appearance once every seven years.

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL039-022

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