Toberavilla, Tobar a' Bhile, The Well of the Sacred Tree, Kilkee East

Townland, Kilkee East, Ruan

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

This holy well once stood close to the secondary road off the R476 at Ballybrody, going north. It was located in a field to the right of the crossroads, close to where the local road turns towards Ruan. The land is private. No sign of the well remains today.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

As there is no saint associated with the well and there appears to have been no specific day to visit.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

The well stood in a tall grazing field, surrounded by ditches and the usual shrubbery.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

Dysert O’ Dea Tower House and Archaeological Trail are a few minutes from the holy well site along the R476. This site offers as a fascinating insight to local history and refreshments can also be found there.

Additional Information

This well is named ‘Tobar a’ Bhile’, meaning ‘The Well of the Sacred Tree’. It is one of about half a dozen wells in the county with ‘bile’ or ‘sacred tree’, in its name. There is an opportunity to more fully explore the connection between holy wells and sacred trees. This may lead to a better understanding of the function of the companion tree at holy wells.

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