Saint Senan's Well, Tullaher, Banshagh

Saint Senan's Holy Well, Tullaher, Bansha
James Feeney
Saint Senan's Well, Tullaher, Banshagh
James Feeney
Saint Senan's Well, Tullaher, Banshagh
James Feeney
Saint Senan's Well, Tullaher, Banshagh
James Feeney
Saint Senan's Statue, Tullaher, Bansha
James Feeney

Townland: Tullaher, Banshagh

Description of Well and Landscape Setting

This holy well is situated in a graveyard at the western end of the parish of Killard, Doonbeg, about five kilometres to the east of Kilkee. The well house is roofed with large flagstones.  A flagstone shelf over the well holds an array of holy statues and a crucifix. The graveyard is just across from Bansha National School.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

Saint Senan’s feast day falls on 8th March.

The Irish Folklore Collection 1930s record that:
‘The rounds are performed by going around the old ground nine times. Then nine rounds are done round the well and nine more around two stones which are joined together at the top.  There are no special prayers said’.

Another entry in the collection reads:
‘There is a blessed well in Kiltinane and it is good for sore eyes.’

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

Some bushes overhang the well to the south and there is some traditional box hedging to the north. There is a low level of water in well. The well is surrounded by graves.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

The area of Tullaher, Killard is between Kilrush and Kilkee. Both towns offer an active summer programme.

Additional Information

Approximately a half kilometre from the well, at Kiltenane, there is a site known as ‘Saint Senan’s Altar’ which features a recent statue and a dedication to Saint Senan.

There are many holy wells dedicated to Saint Senan in County Clare. Others  include Carrowmanagh South, Inishcealtra, both wells at Doonass, Tullaher, Shyan, Kilkee Termon East, Erribul, Feagarroge, Kilcloher (Kilballyowen) Leadmore East, Drim, Teernagloghane, Scattery Island, Killanena (Clonlea), Rinemackaderrig and Molougha

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Irish Folklore Collection, Schools Collection 1930s

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL056-01504

 

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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