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    In a Paper on the "Churches of the County Clare" (vol. 6, 3rd ser., Proc. R. I. A., pp. 100-180), Mr. T. J. Westropp, M.A., records upwards of one hundred holy wells in this county. Special attention is directed to Tobereevul, the well of Aoibhill, the great banshee of the Dalcassians, on Craglea, above Killaloe... and to Tobergrania, in Ballycroum, a cromleac, or rude stone monument, used as a holy well. These are all indubitably of pre-Christian origin. Clare and Sligo appear to be the only counties in Ireland where even the mere enumeration of the sites of holy wells has been attempted.
    Well of Kilvoydan, parish of Inchicronan... Well of St. Mochulla, parish of Kilnoe; St. Mary's Well, St. Mary's, Iniscaltra, Lough Derg; Toberbreedia; Kiltanon, Toberbreedia; Cragg, Tobermochulla; Fortanne, Tobermochulla; Kilgorey, Tobermochulla; Kilmore, Tobermore and Toberamanrielta: all in the barony of Tulla... Rock basin, called "a well", at Fahy, in the parish of Feakle; Well of St. Colan, at Tomgraney. Moynoe; Tobernagat.

    WG Wood-Martin, 1902

    Detail from Lizars map of Ireland, 1831.
    Above: detail from Lizars map of Ireland, 1831.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©