Tobernalt Holy Well

Tobernalt Holy Well, Sligo

Tobernalt Holy Well
4.5
Historic Sites • Bodies of Water
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Potts
21 contributions
Precious! But!
Aug 2021
This is an utterly unique and powerful place of peace and spirit, a monument to our history, to who we are and where we came from. It is ancient, mystical, beautiful and healing; a place to pause and be tranquil in, to meditate and be in the present moment. I have been going there since I was a child in the '50s, and have a great love for it. I pray at the altar and light candles for those near and dear to me who have passed, and I pray for those who tie their prayers, hopes and suffering to the tree on the steps. It's a place that reminds us of who we are, and that reminder is becoming more and more important in these current times.

But...

Can I please make a heartfelt appeal to those whose responsibility it is to guard its sacred presence, to please, please take advice when considering the addition of items such as the new polished stone stations of the cross and new stone seating and statue surround, which, regrettably, are unsympathetic and insensitive to the ancient, beautiful environment that they have been thrust into by undoubtedly well-intended people. I make an appeal that they be reconsidered.

This is not just a sacred space, it is a national monument of huge historic significance, and should be treated with enormous care. If it is not currently under the care of the Dept. of Heritage, it is a move worth considering. For me, the Holy Well is as significant as Skellig Michael, or New Grange. Its preservation is of paramount importance; there are people with great experience who can advise on how to make such additions, if any are necessary, as sympathetically and as unobtrusively as possible. Otherwise, there is a real danger of eroding that ancient history and precious mystical athmosphere...
Written 22 August 2021
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BernieH001
Ennis, Ireland157 contributions
Peaceful & Tranquil
Jul 2021
The original well and old alter are beautifully rustic and natural and the stting is cool and tranquil. The newer additions of statues and benches are not so sympathetic to the surroundings, nevertheless it is a very peaceful and special place
Written 27 July 2021
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DaveyIRL
Dublin, Ireland119 contributions
Stunningly Beautiful
Aug 2020
Went with a pal early one morning. This is an amazingly beautiful peaceful place. The feeling of peace and tranquility was fantastic. It is visually gorgeous with a lovely stream flowing. It has the sense that this has been a place of healing for centuries. You can purchase candles to light at the various altars or simply enjoy the quietness of the place. Oh you will probably need to drive to it but if you do there are stunning roads beside the lake nearby. Enjoy and say a prayer for people visiting (and the odd reviewer)
Written 3 September 2020
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Bittared
Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
Magical, beautiful and spiritual
Aug 2020 • Friends
An unmissable place to visit when in Sligo. Was where Mass was celebrated in penal times so wonderful tradition and now a haven in 21st century. Light a candle and feel yourself calmed by the tranquility and the trickle of the stream.
Written 7 August 2020
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sean m
Omagh, UK91 contributions
nice and peaceful
Sep 2019
we visited this place on a trip away to galway it is a very nice place to visit and reflect you wont be disappointed
Written 6 October 2019
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Orrix55
124 contributions
A Quiet Place For All
Sep 2019 • Couples
The well is in a beautiful little area and pours itself into a small stream, you can walk around the area and read the plaques within the grove as well as visit the various shrines. Alternatively it is a great place to sit, relax and reflect. The well itself dates back to pre Christian times, it was a place that Catholics worshipped in secret when it was prohibited to practice the Catholic faith.
Written 14 September 2019
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MikelMarshall
Valdemorillo, Spain48 contributions
Quiet and peaceful
Jul 2019
This is a delightful place to sit and contemplate. The whole place seems to resonate with calm and peace. There isn't a great deal to see, but that really isn't the point...
Written 6 August 2019
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mike c
Bristol, UK36 contributions
Peaceful shrine
Aug 2019
This is a lovely shrine, close to Sligo, which has an interesting history.
The location is quiet and peaceful.
Written 4 August 2019
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MKDK05
Illinois136 contributions
Ancient spiritual location
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was our first visit to a Holy Well and we found it to be such a spiritual and peaceful experience. The soft sound of running water and the tranquil surroundings had a calming presence for reflecting. Be sure to look for the wishing tree (or rag tree) located near the shrine at the back hill. It is a beautiful sight to see - full of ribbons, beads and other offerings left behind.
Written 10 July 2019
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Concepta B
Rockland, MA14 contributions
Tobernalt Holy WWell
Sep 2018
This is a hidden gem and only for the fact that a staff member at our hotel told us about Tobernalt and hot to get there, we would have missed out on such a beautiful serene spot.
Written 9 July 2019
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