Tobersenan, Tobar Sheanáin, Sheeaun
Townland: Sheeaun, sometimes spelled Shyan, Kilmihil
Description of Holy Well and Landscape Setting
This holy well is in a defined area in a corner of a large grazing field. It is marked by a number of old blackthorn trees which overlook the well. Some large stones which once marked the water source lie scattered about. There are signs of light animal damage to the area.
Saint and Feast Day Associated with Holy Well
As this well is associated with Saint Senan, 8th March was the traditional day to visit. However, records in the National Folklore Schools’ Collection state that people visited the well right throughout the year. In the past the prayers recited at the included one Our Father and ten Hail Marys, or the Rosary.
Natural Heritage around the Holy Well
The area surrounding the well is mainly grassland with a small island of blackthorn trees around the well site.
Heritage Attractions Nearby
The holy well lies a few miles west of Kilmihil Village. Knockalough Lake is nearby, and features a well- defined crannóg or man-made island. There is also a very fine holy well in Kilmihill Village.
This is one of two Saint Senan’s wells in the town land of Sheeaun.
St. Senan’s Holy Wells are also found at Carrowmanagh South, Inishcealtra Doonass wells 1 & 2, Tullaher, Kilkee,Termon East, Erribul, Feagarroge, Kilcloher (Kilballyowen) Leadmore East, Drim, Teernagloghane, Scattery Island, Killanena (Clonlea), Rinemackaderrig and Molougha.
National Folklore Schools’ Collection, 1938:
‘There is a Blessed well in Shyan that is called after St. Senan.‘
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