St Colmán’s holy well at Oughtmama Co Clare

Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

St Colmán’s well/ Tobar Cholmáin  is part of the monastic landscape of Oughtmama a small  but significant monastic site located  in a valley above Turlough Hill in the Burren in Co Clare.

DSCF1478 View of Oughtmama churches from pathway leading to Tobar Cholmán.

Oughtmama was associated with three different St Colmán’s one of which was  St Colmán Mac Duagh the patron saint of the dioceses of Kilmacduagh and it is this Colmán who is the patron of the nearby holy well. According to folklore it was said the saint came to the site in his  retirement seeking a life of solitude.  He later died here and was brought back to Kilmacduagh for burial.

DSCF1546 St Colmán’s well/ Tobar Cholmáin at Oughtmama

The well is located on a steep northeastern slope of the valley above the monastic site. It consists of a rectangular stone walled enclosure with steps leading down to the  water…

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Published by Jörgen Hartogs

I offer tours in Dutch, Flemish, German and English in Ireland , Wales and Scotland. I also offer walking tours in Adare, Newcastle West, Limerick, Ballingarry, Rathkeale and other towns and cities. I'm a fully qualified, Fáilte Ireland certified, guide and a full ATGI (Association of approved Tour guides of Ireland) and ITGA (Independent Tour Guides of Ireland) member.

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