Cornamucklagh Holy Well, also known as St. Cuan’s Well, is located near the village of Ahascragh in County Galway, and is classed as a National Monument. The well is dedicated to Saint Cúan, an Irish abbot who died in AD 788. 

The well is surrounded by a low stone wall that may have been part of a small enclosure in the past. Inside the wall, there is a dry well that measures about 1.5 m deep. The well does not have water for most of the year, but it may fill up during the winter or after heavy rain.

Next to the well, there is a graveslab with a crucifixion carved on it. The slab dates from the 10th or 11th century and may have been used as a tombstone or an altar. The slab has some inscriptions on it, but they are not legible.

The well was a site of pilgrimage and devotion for centuries. A pattern or festival was held here on October 15th, the feast day of Saint Cúan. Pilgrims would perform rounds or prayers around the well and leave offerings such as coins, pins, rags or stones. The water of the well was believed to have healing powers and could not be boiled. There was also a rag tree near the well where people would tie pieces of cloth as symbols of their petitions or thanks.

The well is a testimony to the rich and ancient heritage of Galway and its people. It is a place where you can connect with the past and experience the sacredness of nature. If you visit the well, please respect its sanctity and beauty and leave it as you found it.


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Cornamucklagh Holy Well



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