St. Colmcille's Well

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St. Colmcille's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St. Colmcille’s Well
also known as St. Colmcille or St. Columba.

2 Townland, County, GPS

Tullyarvan, County Donegal
This townland is slightly north of Buncrana. The well’s location is also known as Slavary to the local people (Cronin et al., 2012).

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Surroundings: The well is heavily grown over with plants, brushes, and other flora (Cronin et al., 2012).

Description: The well is square. The eastern side has a bullaun stone, which is a depression on a stone that is filled with water. Both the north and south sides have low rubblestone walls. The western side has a vertical sloping natural rock outcrop. The water is crystal clear (Cronin et al., 2012).

6 Offerings

Offerings: No votive offerings were found on the site (Cronin et al., 2012).

8 Stories

Local Story: Local Folklore speaks on how the two depressions within the bullaun stone are the prints of St. Cholmcille’s knees. The story speaks on how he stopped at the well while travelling to Stroove, Inishowen Head, when departing for Iona (Cronin et al., 2012).

9 Publications

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

10 More


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