16. Spring Well

Spring Well
Oranmore Heritage

The well beside the Claregalway road (R338) is Tobar a Chailigh Mhéara, the well of the women of the finger. This recalls a prehistoric ‘giant’ who sustained an injury while defeating a destructive wild boar which was causing damage in the townland of Gleann na Scál, Valley of the Shadows’. Local women brought water from this spring in the palms of their hands to wash the giant’s wounds. It is also the source of the name Oranmore; derived, in chronological order, from Fúrán Mór, Úarán Mór, and Órán Mór, meaning, the big cold/fresh spring respectively.

This page was added on 03/08/2017.

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