Kilgeever/Cill Ghaobhair

Tobar Ri an Domhnaigh

Tobar Ri an Domhnaigh/ Our Lord's Well of the Sabbath is the first of three stations, that formed the pilgrimage/ turas at Kilgeever Church. Traditionally the pilgrims would visit Kilgeever on pattern day, the 15th July, the feast of the Apostles. It was also a stop for Pilgrims travelling from Croagh Patrick to the Pilgrimage at Caher Island on the 15th August. The spring fed basin is inside a charming stone built wellhouse, a little spoilt by the modern stone cross that stands on top. Unusually, votive offerings appear to be left in the nearby church and not by the well.

Pilgrims would circle the well while they formed their intentions.

Then kneel at the well and say, 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Marys and the Creed.

They would then circle the well 7 times saying each prayer once per rotation.

After that they would kneel at the well repeating the 7 Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Creed. Before moving to Station Two, the three flagstones to the south of the well.

Situated: Three kilometres east of Louisburg. From the main Street in Louisburg head east at the crossroads turning onto Chapel Street. Go 2.5 kilometres and turn right. Go by the new graveyard and turn right. Go down the hill to the old graveyard.

Discovery Map 30: L 8362 8075. Last visit May 2017.

Longitude: 9° 45' 54" W

Latitude: 53° 45' 48" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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