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Glencolmcille - Turas 7 Holy Well
 

County

Donegal

Coordinates

N 54° 43' 14.34"   W 008° 44' 18.54"

Nearest town

Gleann Cholm Cille

Grid Ref.

G 52422 86094

Map No.

10

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

86

Date of visit

Monday 12 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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From the west it might look like a cairn, which actually was.


Gleann Cholm Cille is famous for its "Turas", the journey, the path that people follow from one station to the other one during their pilgrimage done between June 9th and August 15th. The round of the stations is about 3 km long. The stations are both in the village and outside the village.

Our whole day at Gleann Cholm Cille was under a dull and dark sky, but we were rewarded with a clear sky and bright sun while we were visiting this holy well. The best gift after a long climb.
This place originally was a cairn later christianized and included in the Turas as the 7th station.
At the centre of the cairn is a well with a cloudy water in it. A small niche has been made among the stones of the cairn, above the well. In that niche pilgrims leave a personal item as an offer to the saint and the well. A rough stone cross has been erected above the niche.
A funny human figure, representing the saint, has been placed on a side of the well. Next to it is a broken rectangular cross slab dating to more modern times. Another similar slab, still intact, lies on the opposite side of the well.
The well faces southeast (130°).


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