Saint Senan's Holy Well, Tobersenan, Tobar Sheanáin, Leadmore East
Townland: Leadmore East, Kilrush
The townland name in Irish is Leid Mhóir Thoir, perhaps meaning ‘Great Breadth’,
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well lies in a natural hollow in a grazing field on the exit road from Kilrush to Kilkee. The well is signposted and had a pathway from the road to the well, with concrete pillars and wire segregating the path. Sometime in the past the surrounds were breached to connect the track to the field on both sides.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
8th March is the feast day of Senan, although some communities are now celebrating Saint Senan’s feast day on 15th August.
Senan, also known as Seanán/Sionán, was the son of Corca Baiscinn nobles Ercan and Congella. There are eighteen holy wells, a monastic settlement on Inis Cathaigh and the remains of several other churches in the county dedicated to Senan, as well as sites in Cork, Great Britain and Brittany.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
This holy well was renewed in the 1950s. Trees planted then have matured.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The well is on the outskirts of Kilrush Town. Directly south of the well is the Shannon estuary and Scattery Island, site of Saint Senan’s mission.
Other holy wells dedicated Saint Senan include Carrowmanagh South, Inishcealtra Doonass wells 1 & 2, Tullaher, Shyan, Kilkee Termon East, Erribul, Feagarroge, Kilcloher (Kilballyowen) Leadmore East, Drim, Teernagloghane, Scattery Island, Killanena (Clonlea), Rinemackaderrig and Molougha.
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Surveyed by Michael Houlihan