Tobar Creadán, perhaps Tobar Seanán, Kilcreadaun Cemetery, Ross
Townland: Ross, Kilcreadaun, O’Briens Bridge
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well lies in a very old cemetery with spaced graves, some without markings. Several mature trees are growing across the site. The entrance to the graveyard is by way of a stile. A coffin rest on the wall would have allowed the movement of a funeral cortège onto the site in the past. The well itself lies within a rustic stone well house. There is a stone shelf above the water which contains some glass jars and a rosary beads.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
Creadaun or Credane may have been the saint associated with this well, although T.J. Westropp, writing in the early 1900s, argues that the well might be dedicated to Saint Senan.
Several of the graves in the graveyard date to the 18th century. However, the presence of votive offerings and crockery at the site indicate that the holy well here is still visited. One of the local landowners maintains the site by keeping the foliage down.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well is located near the centre of the graveyard, which is close to an acre in size and surrounded by a wall. Around it on all sides is rich farmland. There is no discernible path to the coffin rest.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The towns of Kilkee and Ballina are less than fifteen minutes from the holy well site. Lough Derg offers fishing and boating activities.
The grave site here and the stone well house may point to use of the site going back centuries. Saints Credane and Senán, both of whom are associated with the well and burial ground, are usually associated with West Clare.
The well is situated in the townland of Ross. This name suits the topography of the area well, as ‘Ros’ in Irish means a wood or a wooded headland.
Westropp, T.J. 1912, A Folklore Survey of County Clare, edited by Maureen Comber 2000, CLASP Press, Ennis.
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