Tobar Lonan, Derrynavanagh
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well is located near the Caher Valley Road Hill, just off a wide farm track and in some hazel scrub.
A steady flow of water still emerges from a narrow bedding plane about 2 metres above ground level, but this has been piped into a large concrete tank system which obscures any historical features. The rock face surrounding the holy well is relatively smooth, but no markings or inscriptions were noted. The site may now be considered lost.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
This holy well is dedicated to Saint Lonan. There is no pattern date remembered at the holy well. The well was said to offer a cure for ailments of the eyes and limbs. At the time of the research visit there were three small pieces of cloth tied to an overhanging branch, left as votive offerings.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well is located in hazel scrub at the base of a small cliff of thickly bedded limestone. Water flows from a narrow bedding about 20cm high. This bedding appeared to have some chert inclusions. This bedding is approximately 100 metres below the summit of Faunarooska to the west.
The holy well features on the 1842 Ordnance Survey map and the RMP (Record of Monuments and Places) database
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