Tobermochulla, Tobermochuille, Mochulla's Well, Cappavilla South
Townland: Cappavilla South, Kiltenalea Parish
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well stands in open countryside in an area bordered by the local Blackwater River and the Shannon. It is close to University College Limerick, being on the Limerick-Clare boundary. The well site is on a busy dairy farm, some distance from the townland road. There are no signs of the well structure or any remaining religious artefacts.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is located one field away from the remains of Mochulla’s Church, also known as Templemochulla, and its graveyard. It would seem that engagement with the holy well ceased a very long time ago. In 1839 the Ordnance Surveyors believed that visitations to the well had already ceased.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well site stands among trees, along a field hedge and a drain which looks to be recently dug.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
This well site stands at the edge of Limerick City. Museums, art galleries, theatres, restaurants and accommodation are all available there.
Ordnance Survey Letters, 1839:
‘In the Townland of Cappavilla there is a holy well dedicated to the Patron of this Church and called Tobar Mhachuille, but no day is kept in the Parish for the celebration of his festival, and his well is latterly losing its character for sanctity, it being eclipsed by the celebrity of St. Senan Liath’s more sacred fountain’.
Ordnance Survey Letters, Royal Irish Academy
Ordnance Survey Letters, Ask About Ireland
Record of Monuments and Places Number
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