St Colmcille's well

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St Colmcille's well


Tamlyn McHugh

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St Colmcille's well

2 Townland, County, GPS

Doonierin Co. Sligo

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Situated in sandflats along the shore at Doonierin in Drumcliffe Bay is St Colmcille’s Well. This miraculous well springs up from the seabed and is enclosed by a low stone wall with a small gap to allow access to the emerging spring water. The seaweed covered well is only visible and accessible during low tide. The only clue that it is there during high tide is a stick that protrudes from the sea to indicate its location.

4 Cure

Drinking the well water is said to cure arthritis and some claims that it can even cure cancer.

5 Pattern day

June 9th St Colmcilles Feast Day. Rounds of the well are performed barefoot and the spring water drank and also collected in vessels for use throughout the year. Pilgrims proceed to a second well dedicated to St. Colmcill in the nearby townland of Kintogher.

6 Offerings

No offerings or rag tree.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

No stations.

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This entry contributed by Tamlyn McHugh, please cite her as source.