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Tobarmacduagh Blessed Well Walk
By Brian Hoban, Tourism Administrator, Clogher Heritage Centre.
26, Mar 2015 - 21:27
It is planned to revive the tradition of visiting Tobermacduagh Holy Well on Good Friday April 2015 . A walk will take place from Clogher Community Hall to the Blessed Well , where a short prayer service will be led Fr. Denis Carney P.P., Balla .
The traditional day of pilgrimage (Pattern Day) at this particular Holy Well was on Good Friday. 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. In the townland of Killeen was the site of an old Church and burial ground for the unbaptised babies.
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. The phrase "Children's burial ground" refers to an unconsecrated place used primarily, though not exclusively, for the burial of unbaptised children. 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.
Tobermacduagh Holy Well is situated in Killeen townland in the parish of Drum. The name is ascribed to Colman-Mac-Duach, who lived at the beginning of the 7th century. Another sister well is located in Kinvara, County Galway and is closely associated with Colman, who gave the name Kilmacduach to the diocese. He was closely related to Guaire, King of Connaught.
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