Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West
Quilty West, Kilmurry-Ibrickan
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
The well appears to be on the shore facing Quilty village. It was likely fed from a spring at street level above and leaked through the cliff face, bringing fresh water onto the beach. Some years ago, new construction at the cliff top meant that the stream was diverted or capped. While there is still overflow on the cliff walls to the beach, the precise location of the well is difficult to pinpoint. There is no tangible sign of the well and no visitations in living memory.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
There is no saint remembered in association with this well.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well was on the shore. This area is utilized by walkers and summer swimmers.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The immediate area of Quilty and Miltown Malbay is a hugely popular summer vacation area. The annual Willie Clancy Summer School of Irish music draws pupils from Ireland and abroad.
National Folklore Collection, Schools’ Collection, Mullagh School:
‘The majority of people do rounds at these Blessed Wells and pray fervently that their diseases may be cured and in several cases they are cured.
People drink the water of the Wells and they carry some of it home with them.
They leave things after them at the Wells such as pictures, statues, beads and crosses. They leave them on the flag over the well.’
National Folklore Collection, Schools’ Collection 1930s
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