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Contributed by Mrs Maureen Rynne, Ennistymon.
Saint Brigid’s Well (Daigh Bhríde) above Liscannor still attracts crowds on February 1st each year, the saint’s Feast Day. However, today’s congregations are as nothing compared to the throngs which used gather at the well for Garland Sunday in July until recent times. Birchfield Gate still stands though the elegant seat of ‘Corny’ O’Brien to which it leads is now only a rookery.
This popular lament of a departing emigrant is still popular in West Clare. The structure of the verses is similar to the more widely known ‘Home I left Behind’ and the tune is the same. I have been told by several singers that ‘Clahane Doimhin’ is the older of the two songs; I make no judgement in the matter but merely pass on what I was told. As the song implies, the townland of Clahane Doimhin is contiguous to Saint Brigid’s Well, (spelt Cloghaundine on the Ordnance Survey map, it is normally pronounced “Clahandine”).
I was born near St. Brigid’s Well
I wandered down to Liscannnor
I travelled down through Clare and Cork
When I landed in America