Holy Well and Altars at Tubernault

Artist(s) : Jonathan Binns (Draughtsman), Louis Haghe (Lithographer), William Day (Lithographer)

View of Tobernalt Holy Well, Co. Sligo. There is a stone altar in the foreground of the image, with a circular well to the right. Further back there is a second altar with a small cross, at the base of a large tree.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Sketched by Jonathan Binns. / Day and Haghe, Lith.rs to the Queen.
  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – Holy Well and Altars at Tubernault.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Lithographs
Subject(s) Antiquities and archaeological sites
Geographical Location
  • Tobernalt Holy Well - Named locality
  • Sligo - County
  • Connaught - Province
Keywords(s) Altars, Archaeological sites, Ruins, Trees, Wells
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 9.4 cm x 14.1 cm
Published / created 1837

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The Miseries and Beauties of Ireland
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 336
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 9141
Alternative source

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Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

We next steered towards the west end of the lake, // passing the Doone's rock, and went to see the holy well of Tubernault, about half a mile from the lake. From beneath the hill and the altar flows a very copious spring of the purest water, surrounded by a wall. The principal altar is built against the stem of an ancient ash—against which, too, leans a crucifix, with beads suspended from it. This symbol is not secured, and has remained in its present position for a long time. The second altar is on the opposite side of the well. Inglis says that when he visited the well at Tubernault, he saw eleven devotees, four of whom went from station to station on their knees. I was spared this spectacle. [pp. 335-336]
Holy Well and Altars at Tubernault