The Birthplace of St Colmcille

Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland

Tradition holds St Colmcille was born at  Gartan in Co Donegal. The exact location of the saints birthplace is open to discussion. One tradition says the saint was born on a stone called the Leac na Cumha in the townland of Lacknacoo.

Leac na Cumha or the Stone of Sorrow is stone set into a large  oval-shaped mound with a U-shaped setting of stones that opens to the north.

20160316_120036 Leac na Cumha in Lacknacoo

The Leac na Cumha is located along th south-eastern edge of the mound. It is a flat slab of stone and its surface is covered in prehistoric rock art. The art  consists of cup-marks c. 0.1m in diameter.

DSCF6069 Leac na Cumha is covered in rock art

It is here on this stone that the saint is said to have been born.  The site was marked on the 1st ed. (1836) OS 6-inch map as St Colmcille’s…

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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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