St. Catherine's well

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St. Catherine's well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St. Catherine's Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

The well is located on the Western edge of the village of Killybegs. Killybegs in Irish means means 'small cells', referring to the small cells that monks once built who lived in the area.

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

The well was dedicated to St. Catherine by three monks who were caught in a bad storm and washed ashore. The monks prayed and prayed for their safety and promised the Gods they would build a shrine for the well if they landed safe. They landed at Killybegs which concluded to the fact of St. Catherine being the Patron Saint of Killybegs. The well is a large spring with a stone surrounding it.

4 Cure

The well is known to cure people through its special air for anyone who visits, sits in solitude, and prays.

5 Pattern day

The well's feast day is the 25th of November, where people from all of Donegal would go to pray for themselves, other sick people, etc.

7 Prayer rounds and stations

November 25th every year is dedicated to St. Catherine's Day, and pilgrims from even great distances come to 'make the station'.

9 Publications