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Saint Davog's Well

St Davog’s 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.

The story 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.

Most interesting 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.


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