Tobernalt Holy Well

Sligo ‘s Holy Well (Tobernalt) is located a short distance from the shores of Lough Gill and is a beautiful spot. During the eighteenth and part of the nineteenth centuries, Catholic Masses were banned by the British in Ireland, forcing locals to celebrate Mass in hidden areas like this. Tobernalt Holy Well is a place of reflection and nurturing serenity. It predates the advent of Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Its importance as a meeting place and a sustainer of life predates our Celtic ancestors.

At this time, the pilgrim at Tobernalt shares in the inherited ancestral tradition coming from earliest times, which was christianised by St. Patrick and held steadfastly by faithful generations ever since. The challenge posed by Tobernalt is to ensure that the tradition will continue to enrich the generations not yet born.

Tobernalt Holy Well is maintained by St. John’s Parish, Carraroe, County Sligo, Ireland. If you would like more information on the Holy Well you can contact the Parish Office at +353-71-9162136 or e-mail

Photos by Val Robus Magnum Lady Blog