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Tobarmacduagh, Kinvara – 1832

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TOBARMACUAGH – a description by T.L Cooke of the wells at the foot of Foy’s Hill, Kinvara.

The sojourner at New Quay may, on his return from Pouloushe, pay a visit to one of the wells dedicated to St. Colman, which is situated in the county Galway, a few hundred yards from the Castle of Kinvarra, on the road leading to Ardrahan. This fountain is called “Tubbermacduach”-the well of Duachs’s son or descendant. Here is a small spring of water.

Some years ago, when I furnished an account of this fountain, which was published in the first volume of the Dublin Penny Journal, it was neatly walled in, and shaded by a few hawthorns. In the background stood a blasted and withered ash. It seemed to have long been a companion to the reputed holy fountain, and its blighted aspect formed as sad contrast to the verdure of the glebe and shrubs about it. The upper wall enclosing the well was at that time, apparently, of recent erection, and formed a square of about seven feet to the side, having a stile for the admission of devotees and pilgrims. Beneath the square wall just mentioned, and around it there also stood then (1832) another stone fence of a circular form. This last fence had gone considerably to ruin when I last saw Tubbermacduach. There is a small nitche in the interior of the upper wall, on the left-hand side as you enter by the stile. This serves as a receptacle for a cup, as also for the worthless offerings of those whose over-ardent devotion brings them to pray here. A neat cross of stone was erected in front of the well opposite the high road, and still remains there.

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