Tobercreile, possibly Tobar Creille, Knockaphreaghaun

Townland: Knockaphreaghaun

Knockaphreaghaun or Cnockaphreaghaun, ‘The Hill of the Crow’, Clooney.

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The site of this holy well could could not be located. There was no knowledge of the holy well amongst those living in two houses nearby, as they had not lived in the area long. Here, as with so many holy wells in County Clare, there are the remains of an ecclesiastical settlement and an ancient graveyard close to the reported site of the holy well. Perhaps the holy well served as both the water supply for the church community and also used for baptisms, giving it its ‘holy’ status?

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

The name of the holy well may have originally been ‘Tobar Creille’, meaning ‘The Well of the Death Knell’ or ‘The Well of the Alarm’. There is no saint or feast day known to be associated with the holy well.

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Clare County Library

Record of Monument and Places Number

RMP CL034-03802


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