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Tobermacduagh Holy Well
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 45' 50.4"   W 009° 12' 53.16"

Nearest town

Claremorris

Grid Ref.

M 19907 80062

Map No.

31

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

39

Date of visit

Monday 10 June 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The site of the well seen from the south.


This holy well is dedicated to St. Colman Mac Duach, like the sister well in county Galway.
Colman Mac Duagh lived in the 7th century and he's best remembered for founding the monastery which bears his name.

Four steps go down to a small well which was dry on the day of our visit.
A Marian grotto was erected next to the well in 1954.

The well is in the area of a cillín, the burial ground for unbaptized babies. There was also an old church here, but nothing remains of it today. According to some old stories, the deceased babies were brought here to be buried at night. The cillín was used till 1900. A plaque on the wall of the plot next to the well remembers those babies.


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