Townland: Dysert O’Dea
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well lies in a farmyard near Dysert Church to the south of a deep drain amongst some ash trees and brambles.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
This well may be a ‘tobar leighis’ or health well, without any religious dedication. These wells were renowned for offering assistance to individuals in pain, suffering from illness, or in difficulty and were once found all across the country. ‘Tobranieran’ translates as ‘The Iron Well.’ Holy wells which had water with high concentrations of iron minerals were regularly visited by people with anaemia, who would take the waters home with them.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Dysert O’Dea Church and Tower House are close by the holy well. The tower house is open for refreshments in the summer months and offers a fascinating archaeological trail of local monuments.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well stands in slightly damp ground with a deep drain. It is possible that the stream at the site was the source of the well water in the past. The site is overgrown.