St. Colmcille's Well

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St. Colmcille's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

Name: Ague Well

Saint Dedication: Contested dedication to St. Colmcille or another saint (Cronin et al., 2012). However, the well is attributed to St. Colmcille in a 16th century source by Manus O'Donnell.

2 Townland, County, GPS

Doocashel Glebe., Donegal

However, the location was previously believed to be in the townland of Cashelmore, just west of Doocashel Glebe (Cronin et al., 2012).

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Surroundings : Located in a woody area, and is 2.5 km north of Creeshlough. The well is accessible through a narrow gravel path which is labelled with a signpost, just off the main forest path (Cronin et al., 2012).

Description: The well has an irregular shaped opening, around a naturally-formed spring, and has flat stones, a drystone altar to the west and a cross made of concrete that surrounds the well (Cronin et al., 2012).

4 Cure

Cure: Loneliness

When people would emigrate, they would go to this well in order to get a bottle of water to ward off loneliness in their new living area (Cronin et al., 2012).

6 Offerings

Offerings: Coins, flowers, prayers, and rosary beads
The well is venerated still, as proven by the offerings that were recently left at the well (Cronin et al., 2012).

8 Stories

Local Story: The well never runs dry (Cronin et al., 2012).

9 Publications

"Survey of the Heritage of Holy Wells in County Donegal" - John Cronin & Associates.

Ards Forest Park Donegal -

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Wonderful Day in Ards Forest Park -

Ards Forest -

10 More


Cronin, John and Associates. 2012. Survey of the Heritage of Holy Wells in County Donegal. Donegal County Council.