I visited Tobar Mhuire (Mary’s Well) in Killargue/Killarga a couple of years ago (thanks to Lyn for telling me about it). I never wrote about it at the time but I put a video up on my Facebook page and recently I’m getting inundated with people asking me where it is, so I thought I’d write a blog post.
I’m not religious by any means but I do like visiting holy wells, I find such a sense of peace there, and this one was no different. It’s on the way from Dromahair to Manorhamilton in Leitrim, on the main R280 road – map here. If you didn’t know it was there you’d drive straight by it.
When I was there the sign for the well was quite overgrown but you’ll know that you are in the right place because you’ll see the lime kiln. The kiln dates back to the 19th century and was used to burn limestone with coal or other fuels to make quicklime. Quicklime had a number of uses from construction to farming, and this was one of many kilns in Ireland.
Follow the little path alongside the lime kiln and you will come to the Holy Well, it’s just a short walk. It really is a lovely place to visit, I’m told it cures many things but I don’t know anything about that. I just felt an ennormous sense of calm there.
There is also a small rag tree, where people tie artifacts to the tree to hope for good intentions or for prayer. There is a small opening for the well, and there’s also a river close by. When I was there I saw a ladle for people to get the water, but that may be long gone by now.
I’ve also been asked about places to stay nearby, I know there is the W8 centre in Manorhamilton, I don’t know of any places to stay in Dromahair or Killargue, but if you do a search I’m sure you’ll find something.