Thursday, January 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Well

The holy well dedicated to Saint Patrick is at Grianan Aileach. The cashel is a very historic spot, and so is the little well at its southern side. Here a chief of Inishowen was baptised by Saint Patrick. Patrick had come to Inishowen after visiting Tir Chonaill, the western part of Donegal which is separated from Inishowen by Lough Swilly. He went to the hill fort at Aileach to see Eoghan, a brother of Connall's chief of this territory, Inish Eoghain (Eoghan's Island) Eoghan wished to become a Christian and so Patrick baptised him at the well which lays a little distance downhill form the fort. The chief's family and servants were also converted and baptised.

There are several places connected with Patrick in Inishowen - Carndonagh where he founded a church, Moville where another was founded by him, Iskaheen where Prince Eoghan who was baptised by him is buried, a lake in the hills at Malin Head, a holy well at Three Trees near Iskaheen and a holy well at Magh Tochar near Carndonagh.

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