Townland: Kilkee Upper, Kilfearagh (Cill Fiachra)
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well is located in the town of Kilkee at the end of a short lane appropriately called ‘The Well Road’. The well is in an old style cut-stone well house at the west side of the town. It is protected by a railing. Beside the well house runs a stream, locally known as ‘The Victoria Stream’.
James Frost wrote in 1893:
‘In the town itself is a fine spring, which supplies the inhabitants with water, and is dedicated to St. Senan’.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
This well, like so many other holy wells in this area, is dedicated to Saint Senan of Scattery. His feast day is 8th March. This well provided the local municipal water supply for many years, while retaining its association with Saint Senan. It lies close to a housing estate. The green area here is known as ‘The Well Field’.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well is in an urban setting. The well house is now part of the large green that serves as a recreational area for the nearby housing estate.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The town of Kilkee is a popular tourist destination. It has beaches, sea angling, swimming and magnificent cliff walks.
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
Knott, M.J 1997, ‘Two Months at Kilkee’, CLASP Press, Ennis
Record of Monuments and Places Number
Surveyed by Michael Houlihan