Saint Senan's Well Tobar Sheanáin, Carrowmanagh South
Townland: Carrowmanagh South, Kilshanny
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well is protected by a drystone wall tucked in against an earthen hedge. Above the well is a fine ash tree which covers the site with foliage in summer. There was a little water in the well at the time of the research visit.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
This holy well is dedicated to Saint Senan of Scattery Island. His feast day is 8th March, and this day continues to be observed at many of the holy wells associated with him. However this does not seem to be the case at the well Carrowmanagh. There is a well dedicated to Saint Augustine nearby and worship by the Augustine order at this well may have overtaken visits to Saint Senan’s well.
John O’ Donovan and Eugene O’Curry, writing as part of their work for the Ordnance Survey, recorded that the well had been out of use since the 1830s:
‘There is a holy well a Townland of Cachoomannagh, dedicated to Saint Seanan, but it is now entirely neglected’
Natural Heritage Around the Holy Well
The well lies beneath a mature ash tree at the side of a medium sized grazing field. The field is surrounded by the usual hedge trees and is mostly grass.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The old Augustinian Church at Kilshanny where Saint Austin’s Well can be found is only five minutes from the holy well.
‘East of the townland there is a remarkable liss or fort called Lisscarhoomanagh’
Descriptive Remarks,from the Ordnance Survey Parish Namebook,1839
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