Tobernamanrielta, Tobar na mBanrialta, The Nuns' Well or perhaps The Nun's Well, Kilmore

Site of Tobernamanrielta, Tobar na mBanrialta, The Nuns' Well, Kilmore
James Feeney
Site of Tobernamanrielta, Tobar na mBanrialta, The Nuns' Well, Kilmore
James Feeney

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.

Discover More…

Clare County Library

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

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL053-008

 

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