© Tobereendoney Well
According to Danaher, there are three wells in the parish.
In the Croagh division of the parish there are two wells. In the townland
of Ballinvira the well is called Toberreendoney. This well is in a field
and is just beside a stream. In the past, visits were made before sunrise
on Sundays. The well was famous for the cure of sore eyes and is said
to be connected in some way with St Ita. According to local tradition,
a woman was cured of blindness at the well.
The other Holy Well in Croagh is in the townland of Ballymacave and is
called St James' Well. The feastday of the well was the 25th of July and
crowds came to the well at dawn on the eve of the feastday.
The well is believed to have been on the bank of a stream but has disappeared
due to the water from the well being incorporated into to a drainage scheme.
Rags were hung on nearby bushes. If applied by someone called James between
sunset and sunrise, the water cured St James' Evil, which Danaher tells
us is scrofula. Scrofula is the development of glandular swellings and
consumption, which is also called the king's evil.
© St Ciaran's Well
The well in the Kilfinny part of the parish is in Ballynakill
townland and is called St Ciarán's well. This well is besides the
church ruin in Ballynakill. The well has steps leading down to the water
The rounds were mainly made on September 9th, the feast of St. Ciarán.
The rounds took place partly in the graveyard and partly around the well.
The water is believed to cure sore eyes and St. Ciarán's footprints
are said to be visible on one of the stones at the well.
© Shrine to the Virgin Mary
In the Marian Year 1988, the Costello family erected a shrine
to the Virgin Mary. This shrine is near the abbey in Croagh, facing towards
© Plaque in Kilfinny churchyard
This plaque was unveiled on 9th September 1990, the feast
of St Ciaran to commemorate the bicentenary of Kilfinny church.