Well of Treachery/Fells' Well

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Well of Treachery/Fells' Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Fells Well; Well of Treachery / Tobar Feille (Photo by Amanda Clarke)

2 Townland, County, GPS

Cnoc an Áir, North-East of Ballybunion, Kerry

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The circular well sits at the edge of some fencing around the perimeter of someone's property. There is a road that passes in front of the well. The well itself is surrounded by a knee high stone wall.

4 Cure

The well is a chalybeate well, which is a mineral spring with salts of iron. For this reason Fells Well is registered under the Archeological Inventory for North Kerry. Mr Fell, who is the seeming namesake for the well ran trials of curative properties for scurvy. Amanda Clarke emphasizes the work of Dr R Kane In The Irish Watering Places, and his account of the properties of the well: "The Ballylongford spring is described by Dr Enright, as of some value in dyspepsia and chlorosis, and that near Tarbert, as containing iron and free carbonic acid".

5 Pattern day

There is no pattern day for the well. It was not dedicated to any saint.

6 Offerings

Because there is no saint, there are no offerings left at the well.

8 Stories

According to the Archeological Inventory, the Tobar Feille (Well of Treachery), doesn't have any recorded entry as to why it has such an intriguing name.

9 Publications


(The Irish Watering Places, Their Climate, Scenery and Accomodation Dr R Kane 1845)