Tobermurry, Tobar Muire, Lackannashinnagh
Townland: Lackannashinnagh, Leacain na Seannach, perhaps meaning the ‘Hillock of the Fox’, Kiladysert
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well is on the south side of the Ennis-Killadysert Road. It lies on a slope before a private house, on its own patch of ground. It is still structurally sound.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The well is known as Tobermurry or Tobar Muire, meaning Mary’s Well. It is one of many wells dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in County Clare. The well is decorated in the Marian colours of blue and white. The well is visited on 15th August and informally through the year.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The area around the holy well is neatly grassed, with some planted flowers.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Killadysert Village is close by. The area is at the edge of the Shannon Estuary which offers opportunities for fishing and boating.
The History and Topography of the County of Clare, by James Frost, 1893:
‘In the Irish language this parish was called Disertmurtuile, and sometimes Tuaith-na-fearna, from the alder trees which, it would appear, had in olden times grown plentifully there.’
‘Three holy wells are found in the parish; one on Lackanashinnagh, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin; a second at Crovraghan called Tobar Bechain; and a third at Cooga named Tobar Ruadhan.
No festivals of those (last) two saints are either celebrated or remembered in the parish.’
Frost, J 1893, The History and Topography of the County of Clare: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the 18th Century, Sealy, Bryers & Walker, Dublin
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