Information about St. Cavan's Well

Information from O'Donovan's Field Name Books

Standard Name:
St. Cavan's Well
Irish Form of Name:
Tobar Caomhain
St. Kevan’s Well
Civil Parish:
Other Forms of the Name with authority source (if provided) in italics:
St. Cavan's Well
Cuan's Well [Cuan's – crossed out]
Tobar Caomhain
Cavan's Well
Cavans Well By. Sketch Map
Cavans Well Charles Filgate, Esq.
Cavans Well Larkin’s Co. Map
Cavans Well Michl. Shaughnessy, Esq.
Cavans Well Peter Daley, Esq.
Cavans Well Rev. Henry Hunt
Tobar Caomhán, a wall round it, a stone cross here with an English inscription
Until lately patrons were held here on the 15th October which day is called by the country people Cavan’s day. It was formerly a place for stations and the waters of the well were said to have the power of curing the lame and blind. The three last Sundays in summer were the principle days of attendance.
This well is situated in a central part of the parish on the townland of Castlegar East in the barony of Killian.
Information from the Ordnance Survey Letters:
The Ordnance Survey Letters are letters between John O'Donovan and his supervisor, Thomas Larcom, regarding the work of compiling the Field Books. These letters provide further discussion on many of the places listed in the Field Books.
References to this place can be found in the following letters.
  • Volume 1 page 116
  • Volume 1 page 239 to page 240

Townland Information

What is a townland?:
A townland is one of the smallest land divisions in Ireland. They range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres. Many are Gaelic in origin, but some came into existence after the Norman invasion of 1169
St. Cavan's Well is in Castlegar East townland.

Information From Maps

Original OS maps at the Ordnance Survey of Ireland website.
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St. Cavan's Well
Information from the National Monuments Service.
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Archaeological map from the National Monuments Service