Tobar Chuain

Holy Well, Ballynevin, Mothel

An early ecclesiastic site was founded here by St Brogan in the 6th century. St Brogan came from the Slieve Bloom mountain area. Brogan studied under St Ultan of Ardbraccan in County Meath. He was succeeded by St Cuan, after whom the well is named. St Brogan and St Cuan are the patron saints of the parish of Clonea-Mothel. The feast day of the two saints is celebrated on the 8th July and in the past a pattern was held at the holy well from the 9th -11th July. Mothel Augustinian Abbey, a later foundation, is situated 2km south of here.

Tobar Chuain is a stone-lined natural well, situated at the bottom of an east facing slope. The water from the well flows down into a stream, that runs in a southerly direction, at the bottom of the field. It can be quite boggy around this area during the winter period. This was obviously an area of worship before the well was Christianised. Ballyquin megalithic portal tomb and standing stone are in the field east of the stream.

Situated: From Mothel head north towards Carrick-on-Suir. After 300 metres take a right turn (signed holy well). The well is about 2kilometre down here on your right.

Discovery Map 75: S 4117 1790. Last visit Apr 2018.

Longitude: 7° 23' 46" W

Latitude: 52° 18' 41" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey

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