Good Friday Holy Well walk

Posted in Balla on March 30, 2015.

A walk to Tobarmacduagh Holy Well and a short prayer service will commence at 11am on Good Friday, April 3 at Clogher Community Centre, Clogher. Tobermacduagh Holy Well is situated in Killeen townland in the parish of Drum. The name is ascribed to Colman-Mac-Duagh, who lived at the beginning of the seventh century.

Stations of the Cross were performed annually on Good Friday. Pilgrims came and erected tents in this area. Over 100 years ago this tradition ceased and the well fell into disrepair. Also in Killeen townland adjacent to here was a children’s burial ground (Cillín ). It was said that little coffins were brought in the night and the only sign that a burial had taken place was a newly made grave. This practice stopped around 1900 and cattle were let graze in the area but it was never tilled. When the Well was being refurbished it was thought to be appropriate to recognise those who lay here and erect a small memorial to them.

As Good Friday was traditionally the official Pattern Day at this well there will be a short prayer service, reflection on St. Colman Mac Duagh and prayers for all unbaptised children buried here.

Fr. Dennis Carney, P.P. will officiate. (Prayer Service at 12 noon ). This walk is an ideal family walk along quiet country roads is approx. 5.5 km in length and is relatively easy. Although the walk reaches only 41 metres at its highest point there are excellent views of the surrounding countryside. The walk will be led by Brían Hoban, Fáilte Ireland Approved Guide. This walk is a free event organised by Clogher Environmental Group

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