Saint Senan's Well, Kiltenane
Description of Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well is situated in Kiltenane 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.
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
Irish Folklore Collection, Schools Collection 1930s
Record of Monuments and Places Number
Surveyed by Michael Houlihan
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