Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley

Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney
Toberoonagh, Tobar Oonagh, Kilmaley
James Feeney

Townland: Kilmaley Townland, Kilmaley

Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting

The well sits within in an island of mature trees at the centre of a large grazing field. It is east of the old Kilmaley Church and graveyard. There is a stone shelf over the well and cup sitting there for use by pilgrims.

Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well

This well is dedicated to Saint Oonagh. While this is a well known first name in Ireland, there are no Saint Oonaghs of note and there seems to be no Oonagh in the Dictionary of Saints. In this instance Oonagh may have been a daughter of a local túath or tribe, but this is speculative. Winifred is said to be the Welsh equivalent of the name and is sometimes used in Ireland.

Natural Heritage around the Holy Well

There area around the well is mostly active farmland. There are about four large ash trees remaining around the holy well. At the time of the research visit the montbretia plants at the well were in bloom, offering a splash of colour.

Heritage Attractions Nearby

The well is close to Kilmaley Village. There are a number of good coarse fishing lakes in the region.

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Clare County Library

 

Record of Monuments and Places Number

RMP-CL041-002

Surveyed by Michael Houlihan

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