Tobar Rabhartaí, Toberarraghta sometimes called Tobar Oireachta, Dysert O'Dea
Townland, Dysert O’Dea, Killeenan
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well is located in a field opposite Dysert Church, about 50 metres inside the hedge. The name of this well, Tobar Rabhartaí translates as ‘bountiful flow’. Both the quantity and quality of the water here are remarkable.
The well is made up of a mixture of cemented and dry stones that form a tight cocoon around the water source. There are a few steps leading to the well. There is an overflow pool and active stream outside the stone arrangement.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
‘Tobar Oireachta’ translates as ‘The Well of the Assembly, or The Well of the Assembly of Freemen’. The second name given to the well, ‘Tobar Rabhartaí’ means ‘The Well of Abundant (Flow)’. This can also be translated to the ‘Well of the Spring Tide’, alluding to the strong flow of fresh, energetic water. There seems to be no specific visitation day or patron saint associated with the well. The Rosary tends to be the most common prayer recited here. There are no votive offerings, coins, or religious medals by the well.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well stands by itself, having lost a companion tree to age in recent years. An old photo shows a whitethorn bush over the well which seems to have died in the last 20 years or so. It has not been replaced.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Dysert Heritage Centre, located in an old tower house, is a 10 minute walk from the holy well site. Close by are the 12th century Dysert O’Dea Church and Monuments. A five minute drive will take visitors to Rath Blathmaic Church.
Directly across the road from the well is Dysert Parish Church. In the field to the west of the church are the remains of a cillín, aburial ground on unconsecrated earth.
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