Tobernaslantia, Tobar Na Sláinte, Poulnadarree
Townland: Poulnadarree, Killimer
Poulnadarree may refer to ‘Poll na Doire’, meaning the hollow of the oak wood.
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
Tobernaslantia can also be written as Toberslanty, meaning ‘The Health Well’. This well lies at the side the local Killeally Road, L20543. This road leads from the main Killimer-Kilrush coast road to a small pier on the estuary. The water flows from a small spring to form a stream along the edge of the road.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
No saint is associated with this well. Its name ‘Tobar na Sláinte, or ‘The Health Well’ suggests that this well offered cures for ailments rather than being primarily a religious site.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The immediate area around the well contains medium sized hedge trees – blackthorn, whitethorn and alder.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The well lies close to Killimer, where a ferry can be taken to County Kerry. Kilrush Town is approximately 6 kilometres to the west of the well.
In the past, this well provided water to nearby Besborough House by a series of pipes feeding into an underground tank. From here the water was hand-pumped to a roof-tank for distribution in the house.
Killimer Historical Society 2017, ‘Living on the Wild Atlantic Way, a History of Killimer Parish’ Clare
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