Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul

Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney
Saint Senan’s, Naomh Sheanáin Holy Well, Erribul
James Feeney

Townland: Erribul, Kilfiddane

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The well stands in a walled enclosure on a small hill overlooking the nearby countryside. The Shannon River lies to the south. An image of Saint Senan is displayed in a protective glass case over the well. There is water in the well and the overall structure is excellently maintained.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

Saint Senan is said to have lived between c488 and 544 AD. His feast day is celebrated on 8th March. This is one of several West Clare wells located in the region of Saint Senan’s base on Scattery Island. The Rosary was the most regular prayer recited during visitations to the holy well.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well is located in a grazing field. It is surrounded by walls and accessed through a gate, ensuring no damage by animals. There are a number of trees to the south of the well and some exotic and thriving plants outside the north wall.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Labasheeda village is close to the holy well site. Following the Shannon River west will lead to Knock and Killimer Villages and Kilrush Town.

Additional Information

James Frost, The History and Topography of the County of Clare, 1893:

‘There is no patron saint of this parish. The name is derived from the streamlet near which the old church stands, and which word in the Irish is Feadán. A quarter of a mile to the south of the church is a well dedicated to St. Senán.’

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Clare County Library

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More information on Saint Senan

Frost, J 1893, The History and Topography of the County of Clare: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the 18th Century, Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Dublin

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL069-007

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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