Fairy Well

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Fairy Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Name: Tobar Chnapostuin (Fairy Well)

Saint Dedication: This well does not commemorate a saint but actually a fairy or another deity lost to the times (Cronin et al., 2012).

2 Townland, County, GPS

Muckros (Muckross), Donegal

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Surroundings: The well overlooks north towards Tralor Beach and is 2.5 km south/ southeast of Kilcar. The well is closely located to both a burial ground and a mass rock (Cronin et al., 2012).

Description: The well is a natural spring and is located near the edge of a north-facing slope, with has a flat flagstone on the northern side, which forms a rectangular shape that measures 0.8 m x 0.5m in size (Cronin et al., 2012).

8 Stories

Local Story: The well is described by Ó Muirgheasa (1936) as:
“Tobar Chnapostuin at Muckress, near Kilcar, commemorates not a saint but a fairy, or more probably a local deity of ancient times, still remembered in local legends. For one such see the story of Bolcan Mor in Oidhche Airneail I dTir Chonaill. It was probably a “sacred well” in pagan times, and having escaped the attention of the missionaries, it has preserved its name and identity until the present day, a circumstance perhaps, unparalleled in this country” (Cronin et al., 2012).

9 Publications

Cronin, John and Associates. 2012. Survey of the Heritage of Holy Wells in County Donegal. Donegal County Council.

“Newly-found Holy Wells Across Donegal to Feature in Rite Programme” - https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/03/25/newly-found-holy-wells-across-donegal-to-feature-in-rte-programme/.