Toberlonane, Tobarfhlannán, Killaspuglonane
Townland: Killaspuglonane, Cill Easpaig Fhlannán
The townland name translates as ‘The Church of the Bishop Flannan’. Alternatively it may be Cill Easpaig Lonáin, ‘The Church of the Bishop Lonan(e)’.
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This well lies about one hundred metres from Killaspuglonane Church and graveyard, on the opposite side of the road. It is enclosed by a low crescent-shaped wall to the front and sides, with a small stile at the front. The well is at the centre of this enclosure. There is a stone lintel protecting the well on which sits a modern carved stone head.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The feast day of Saint Flannán is celebrated on 18th December. Saint Flannán lived during the 7th century and is the patron of both the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland diocese of Killaloe. There are three holy wells associated with Saint Flannán in County Clare and a number of small churches in Killaloe, where he was a disciple of Saint Molua. A medieval carved stone head depicting Saint Flannán was found near the well. This is now housed in the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street. A replica sculpture stands at the well.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
To the right of the well is a blackthorn tree. There is a wizened tree present at the back of the well site, which is probably ash. Bluebells grow at the site in early spring.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Lahinch seaside town and internationally famed golf links are a 10 minute drive from the well site. A 15 minute drive north will take the visitor to Saint Brigid’s well at Liscannor and then onward to the Cliffs of Moher.
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Surveyed by Michael Houlihan