Townland: Kilnacrandy, Cill na Cranda, (The Church of the Stunted Trees), Quin
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well lies on a hillock to the west of the local road heading towards Fenloe Lake. A large concrete pipe has been inserted into the well in an effort to maintain its shape. The pipe stretches roughly a metre deep. The bottom of the well is dry. Beside the well is a small stone cross, lying flat in the grass, about half a metre in length. Part of the stone above the cross beams is missing.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is Tobar Keeghaun, the Well of Saint Keeghaun. Saint Keeghaun is no longer remembered locally but older residents in the area recall visiting the holy well as children. No particular prayer sequence at the well is remembered.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Fenloe Church is less than a kilometre west of the holy well. In the graveyard of the church is Saint Luctigern’s Plague Stone.
Toberkeeghaun is one of two wells in Kilnacrandy townland, the other located a little closer to the main road. In between the two wells is a cillín on Knockakilla Hill. A cillín is a graveyard on unconsecrated ground where unbaptised infants were sometimes buried. This is one of many instances in County Clare where a cillín lies close to a holy well.
Record of Monuments and Places Number
Surveyed by Michael Houlihan