Tobernamanrielta, Tobar na mBanrialta, The Nuns' Well or perhaps The Nun's Well, Kilmore
Townland: Kilmore, Killokennedy
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
There was no trace of the well to be found at the time of the research visit. It is likely to have been sealed up in the distant past. There was no memory of the well amongst locals.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
The name of the well would suggest that it is dedicated to a community of nuns, though no history of the community exists today, nor is there any archaeology remaining to suggest their presence in the area.
James Frost, writing in ‘The History and Topography of the County of Clare’, 1893, noted:
‘A disused graveyard is also found in the parish, as well as three holy wells, dedicated respectively to St. Cronán, St. Slaney, and to certain nuns (Tobernamanrielta). Who these holy women were cannot be ascertained.’
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The well site is at the bottom of a huge grazing field, on the east side of the R465. The area is now planted with spruce trees. An area close to some mature birch trees seemed to be the most promising site for the holy well, but no traces were found.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
Broadford Village is nearby. Overnight accommodation can be found in Limerick City.
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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