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Churchtown Holy Well
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 42' 59.1"   W 009° 24' 22.14"

Nearest town

Doonbeg

Grid Ref.

R 04997 63740

Map No.

57

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

44

Date of visit

Thursday 13 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The holy well is at the end of a path in a field.


The Churchtown graveyard is an endless multitude of graveslabs and family tombs, many of them are house shaped, making the place look like a town of the dead!
The density of the burials reminds me of Burrane Lower.

To the west of the graveyard, in an adjacent field, there's a holy well whose structure, judging by the perfection of the building, must be relatively recent.
A large circular dressed stone enclosure surrounds a stone paved area with a stone shrine in the centre. The wall has been adorned with several upright stones that makes the place look like it is crenellated.
Beneath the shrine, there's the holy well, accessible with three steps from the northeast (30°) side.


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