H5857 : Holy well, Gort

taken 11 years ago, 4 km from Garvaghy, Northern Ireland

Holy well, Gort
Holy well, Gort
Nothing much remains of this old well mentioned in the "Memories of Ballygawley" book. It was at the burn running along the side of Errigal Road, opposite the old graveyard. The wired-off section encloses it near a ditch descending along the field.

In the Gravestone Photo Project, it states, "Close to the ruins of the old church on the roadside there is a "holy well" two enormous thorns almost conceal it from view. It is neatly built in with rough stones, nicely fitted together, and a large slab partly covers the top. I was informed that years ago, people afflicted with illness, but with sore eyes especially, came even from distant places on a pilgrimage to the sacred water. They bathed the afflicted parts with a rag, which was then hung on the thorn bushes, a common pin was thrown into the well, and the charm was thus rendered complete. An old man told me that, in his early days, people came from all parts to try its virtues, but now it is completely deserted and almost forgotten, save by tradition." - more at LinkExternal link

It is located here H5857 : Site of Errigal old holy well

Note; there is an eye well located outside Dromore in County Tyrone, on the Tummery Road, at which even today, people come to seek cures for eye complaints. H3462 : The Eye Well
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Saturday, 19 February, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 February, 2011
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! H 586 571 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:27.5684N 7:5.8114W
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Irish: geotagged! H 585 571
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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