Toberiosa, Tobar Íosa or the Well of Jesus, Corlack Glebe
Townland: Corlack Glebe, Clonmoney West, Bunratty
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well stands close to the old Glebe House at Corlack, immediately inside the hedge running along the road and to the right of the Glebe House Avenue.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
This is a well dedicated to Jesus Christ. These wells are most typically visited on Sundays, and have no specific feast day. There may have been increased visits during the Christmas and Easter seasons in the past. This is the only Holy Well in Clare where the name Íosa or Jesus is used directly in the naming.The well was said to offer a cure for sore eyes.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The field where the well is located is occasionally used for grazing. The area around the well is overgrown to the point that it is not possible to determine any features. There is clearly a strong flow from the well as the area immediately in front of the well is very wet and marshy due to off-flow.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are about a 10 minute drive from the holy well site.
Records from the Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:
‘There are two holy wells in this Parish, one in the Townland of Cloonmunny West called Tobar na Macamh, the Well of the Youths and the other in Corlack Glebe called Tobar Iosa, the Well of Jesus. Both are resorted for the cure of sore eyes’.
Ordnance Survey Letters, Royal Irish Academy
Ordnance Survey Letters, Ask About Ireland
Record of Monuments and Places Number
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