Well in Crighdenis, at which pilgrims
to Lough Derg used to make a station, is now the
least frequented of the holy wells in the parish.
Fr Peadar MacLoingsigh records that pilgrims often
went out of their way to make a station at St
Davog’s Well on their way to and from the
Island. Parents of old people still alive told
that they saw Lough Derg pilgrims staying overnight
at Davog’s Well and that tents had been
erected for their accommodation.’ At the
present time there are a few people who begin
their pilgrimage at St Davog’s Well and
walk to The Island by the closed Border road which
can only be crossed on foot.
is told that St Davog took refuge at the well
one time he was hiding from enemies who were out
to kill him. The water of the well and the fruit
of the rowan trees kept him alive until the danger
was over and he could return to the monastery.
Today it is noteworthy the number of little rowan
trees growing from the rock above the well.
are the three little stone crosses associated
with the well, one in front of the well, one on
top of the rock above the well and one a short
distance to the east of the well. These little
crosses are roughly cut from a flat stone and
placed on top of small cairns. They are a clear
indication that St Davog’s Well is a very
ancient holy place. They might mark burials. Then
early Irish Law decreed that a holy place, a termon,
a place in which sanctuary could be claimed, should
be clearly marked by crosses. Is it possible that
these crosses at St Davog’s Well mark the
limits of Termon Davog which would therefore have
extended from the saint’s monastery in Lough
Derg to Crighdenis.