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Come to the well!

20 August, 12pm - 12:30pm

Kilfenora Tidy Towns and Clare Community Archaeology

  • Saint Fachnan's Well
  • Kilfenora
  • Co. Clare

St Fachnan's Well, also known as St Fachna's Well, and Tobar Fachtna, is situated north of the village of Kilfenora. Holy Wells are often associated with ecclesiastical complexes of the early medieval period, although their origins may stretch further back in time, and this site may have formed part of the early Christan foundation established by St Fachnan, and from which the village of Kilfenora developed. The feast day of St Fachnan is the 14th August, and it is likely that a religious pattern would have been celebrated on this day historically.

In 2021, Kilfenora Tidy Towns created a Biodiversity Trail at the well. Encompassing a number of small, themed gardens, which are designed to work with and complement the existing landscape, the Biodiversity Trail provides a pleasing sensory experience, bringing colour and life to this peaceful corner of Kilfenora.

This introduction to the archaeological monument and the Biodiversity Trail will be led by Community Archaeologist Edel Barry and local horticulturalist, Lieke Schonemann, and we invite you to come and savour the meditative calm of the well.

This event is run with support from Clare County Council and the Heritage Council.

This ground to the well can be wet, so please wear appropriate footwear.

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