Tobercronan, Tobar Cronán, Termon
Townland: Termon, Carran
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well is located in a little alcove to the north of Teampaill Cronán in Carran. It consists of a neatly fashioned ‘bullaun’, a stone with a basin like depression on its surface which collects rainwater. A small statue featuring two figures stands above the well, with one figure offering solace to the other.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is part of a collection of archaeological monuments. These include the oratory of Teampaill Cronán. The oratory features a number of carved stone heads which are of interest. In the fields beside the oratory are two tomb shrines, described as ‘cumdachs’ or reliquaries by the Ordnance Surveyors in the 1830s. These tomb shrines may have contained bones or relics of Saint Cronán in the past. The holy well is about 80 metres to the south of the church.
According to Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, author of ‘A Dictionary of Irish Saints‘, Saint Cronán’s feast day was most likely 19th October and he was the same person as the Saint Cronán of Tuamgreany.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The area around the well is made up of a thin layer of soil on top of limestone pavement. Some small trees are growing here.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The area where the well stands is in the heart of the Burren region. There are archaeological, religious, cultural and natural items of interest all around. The village of Corofin to the south offers food and accommodation, as does Ballyvaughan to the west.
Ó Riain, P 2011, A Dictionary of Irish Saints, Four Courts Press Ltd, Dublin
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Surveyed by Michael Houlihan