St Columbkille's Holy Well

After visiting Abbeyshrule we decided to visit St Columbkille's Well in Ratharney. The well is situated on a track along the side of a fast flowing stream. It is a natural spring, but unfortunately a very unattractive concrete well house has been constructed over the spring. Access is via a stone wall and a short walk along the track. I have since read about the existence of a second well also dedicated to Columbkille situated to the right between the stone steps and the well house. It is a water logged depression surrounded by small boulders, which sounds more attractive than the first well. It may have been hidden in the undergrowth during our visit.

The track leading to the well house.

Situated: From Edgeworthstown head southwest on the N55 for 9 kilometres. Turn right and go 4.6 k. Turn left for Legan. The well is 30 metres up here on the right.

Discovery Map 34: N 2323 6139. Last visit Sept 2012.

Longitude: 7° 38' 56" W

Latitude: 53° 36' 7" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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