Holy Well Walk

The Holy Well Shrine
The Holy Well Marian Shrine

The Walk in a Nutshell

  • Distance : 5 Kilometres

  • Start Point : Clogher Community Centre

  • End Point : Clogher Community Centre

  • Time : 1+ Hours

  • Grade : 1

  • Difficulty : Easy

  • Dogs : On leads

  • Essential : Comfortable walking shoes and rainwear

  • Services : None

  • Project contact : Phone +353 94 9360891

  • Emergency contact : Phone 999 or 112 for emergency services

Further Detail on the Walk A walk around Killeen townland, in Drum Parish, a well called “Tobermacduach”. The name is ascribed to Colman-Mac-Duac, who lived at the beginning of the 7th century. (Another sister well is located in Kinvara, County Galway and is closely associated with Colman, who gave the name Kilmacduach to the diocese. He was closely related to Guaire, King of Connaught).


Stations of the Cross were performed annually on Good Friday. Pilgrims came and erected tents in this area. Over 100 years ago this tradition ceased and the well fell into disrepair. In this area was the site of an old Church and burial ground for the unbaptised babies. It was said that little coffins were brought in the night and the only sign that a burial had taken place was a newly made grave. This practice stopped around 1900 and cattle were let graze in the area but it was never tilled.

The phrase "Children’s burial ground" refers to an unconsecrated place used primarily, though not exclusively, for the burial of unbaptised children. Those most commonly used in Co. Mayo are cillin/Killeen, lios/Lisheen. The word cill is derived from the Latin cella, and means Church or Graveyard. From - 'Ancient Landmarks' - History of Mayo J F Quinn

The Holy Well Memorial
The Holy Well Memorial to Unbaptised Babies

Leave no Trace The Clogher community promotes the outdoor recreation principles of the Leave No Trace programme. See the website Leave No Trace for further details.