The website is dedicated to documenting the holy wells of the Burren region, located in North Clare and South-East Galway in the west of Ireland. The Burren is about 350 square kilometres in size. It is a geographically vague area. However, the most commonly accepted definition of the region now accords with Tim Robinson’s map, The Burren, a two-inch map of the uplands of north-west Clare (1999) published by Folding Landscapes.
The site will endeavour to record as many of the holy wells within Robinson’s map area as possible. A provisional list of 51 wells has been compiled. The wells will be categorised in alphabetical order – civil parish-by-parish. Public access, or lack thereof, is denoted in each case. Landowner’s permission should be sought in cases where there is no right of public access.
Tony Kirby is responsible for the text whilst Karin Funke is the photographer. Hydrological information is provided by Dr David Drew.
The background image is of the votive offerings at St. Colmcille’s holy well at Crumlin, Fanore.