Townland: Kilmore, Killokennedy
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well site is in the low wet ground at the bottom north-east corner of a large field
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
It is clear that the well has not functioned as a place of pilgrimage for a long time. The name of the well, Toberanore, does not make reference to any particular saint.
There are a number of ways to translate the name of the well. It may be derived from ‘Tobar an Óir’ meaning The Well of Gold. It may also be ‘Tobar Anoir’ meaning The Easterly Well. Most likely however, is
‘Tobar a’ n-Ór’, meaning The Well of Pray(ing). Ór was the old Irish verb for ‘to pray.’
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well lies within a field and is on low, wet ground.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Broadford Village is close by. Archaeological heritage and amenities can be found there.
T.J. Westropp, ‘The Churches of County Clare, and the Origin of the Ecclesiastical Divisions in that County’, 1900: ‘Killokennedy Parish has two wells, Toberanore and Toberamanrielta.’
Tobar Cronán in Killokenney may also now be added to this list, thanks to recent surveys.
Westropp, T.J 1900, ‘The Churches of County Clare, and the Origin of the Ecclesiastical Divisions in that County’ Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 6, pp. 100-180.
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