Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West

Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West
James Feeney
Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West
James Feeney
Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West
James Feeney
Tobernahallia, Tobar na Fhallia, The Well of the Cliffs, Quilty West
James Feeney

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.

Additional Information

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.’

Discover More…

Clare County Library

National Folklore Collection, Schools’ Collection 1930s

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL038-008

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