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Kilkenny

Coordinates

N 52° 33' 40.68"   W 007° 07' 17.58"

Nearest town

Thomastown

Grid Ref.

S 59561 45918

Map No.

67

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

51

Date of visit

Friday 22 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The fountain in the field.


This strange fountain is in the middle of nowhere. It can hardly be seen beyond the hedges on the sides of a little country road. It doesn't have a name, it's not marked on the maps, it's not signposted. But it works. A real mistery.
It can be seen close to the junction between the N9 and the road from Tullaherin.

UPDATE: June 7th, 2016 - When we drove by this fountain 9 years ago we didn't know nor could we imagine that the site had some importance.
The fountain has been totally restored and cleaned and an easy access to it has been provided.
Nine years ago it was barely poking out of the thick and dense vegetation, now it's clearly visible, with stone steps and pathway and a large pool of its own.
It's a dome-like structure with a small obelisk coming out of the top. Two jets of water come out of the dome on the north and southeast side. Three stone steps are on the northeast (45°) side.
The southeast side of the obelisk has an inscription, now heavily eroded, that reads "1866 Erected by subscription by permission of the landlord Gervase Bushe. Designed and arranged by Thomas Seigne".
The fountain receives the water from a cistern sited to the northwest which, in turn, is fed by a natural spring. The water from this fountain was intended as a source of fresh water for the tenants of Kilfane Demesne.
It was restored to the current state in 2010.


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