The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen

The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney
The Tooth Well, Gleninsheen
James Feeney

Townland: Gleninsheen, Rathborney

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The well lies off the R470, about 1.5-2 kilometres north of Poulnabrone Megalithic tomb. The well lies within a stainless steel protective surround. It is huddled beneath a cairn of stones in a bullaun type depression. Above the well is a shelf containing offerings of money and several toothbrushes.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

This well is a ‘tobar leighis’ or health well, which offers a remedy for illness- in this instance toothache or mouth ache.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well lies on limestone pavement. Other than a few ferns around the water, there is no foliage here,

Heritage Attractions Nearby

This well lies in one of the most archaeologically rich parts of Ireland. A map of the Burren, such as Tim Robinson’s ‘folding landscape’ is a must when exploring the area.

Additional Information

The townland of Gleninsheen is most famous for the discovery of a Bronze Age ‘gorget’ – a beaten gold collar – found by local boy Patrick Nolan in 1932. A great treasure, it is now part of the national collection at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin.

Discover More…

Clare County Library

Gleninsheen Gorget, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

Gleeson, D. F 1934,  ‘Discovery of Gold Gorget at Burren, Co. Clare’ in The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 138-139.

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL005-137

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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