We have crossed the Shannon. Carried the flame to the west. Hope to see some of you as we walk along Shannon’s banks over the next days before we cross the water again to head toward Tara.
A joyous jam making on the walk by the well as we clean her,Kilmacow well of Co Cork.
some images from our day in kilmacow Co Cork
The well is believed to have being founded by St Machu. Sometime at the beginning of 6th century. It seems like his name is most probably a corruption of St Mo Chutu mac Finaill. A Kerry man by birth, renowned for his good lucks. As a result it is said he was followed by 30 women. Whom he persuaded into the love of God and not him. After a failed attempt at building monastery in Meath. Machu with permission from by the then King of the Deisi. As a result Machu built his most famous monastery. He remained in the Lismore area until he died on the 14th May 637AD. The Feast Day is celebrated on the 15th of May.
The well water was considered to hold a cure, especially for sore eyes.
"Cure for sore eyes … Water from the well is taken home by pilgrims and is used throughout the year for all kind of ailments. They take three sips of the water and rub it on affected parts. There is a tree at these holy wells also".https://holywellsofcork.com/2017/12/10/kilmacow-holy-well-near-kanturk/
Traditionally this well was visited on Good Friday and the practice still continues to this day:
it is the custom on the day of the visit to leave something at the well even a piece of cloth. People generally leave statues there, It was the custom long ago to throw some small coin, such as a sixpence, into the water, but the custom is not carried out largely now. People drink the water as they believe it is to be a cure for many diseases. There is a big tree at the well and it is on this, any piece of cloth, which is left at the well, is hanging.https://holywellsofcork.com/2017/12/10/kilmacow-holy-well-near-kanturk/
Happy 1 month of walking anniversary family! Sending you my love and admiration and gratitude for all you are doing on this beautiful and healing journey. I can’t wait to join you when you’re nearer the crown
Hey family we are in Millstreet at a beautiful well the most visited in Ireland after a short while we moved onto Donaraile, Co. Cork
. The follow the route of O Sullivans march.
There has been much learning along the way so far and they are well met by most. Community alert texts are keeping Garda interest in the walkers but they have met with amazement and amusement and slight disbelief by our peacekeepers. Relations are starting to be bridged and develop.
Tonight they will accept hospitality from a mountain man who gifted them with a peaceful shillelagh upon the Paps of Danu.
There are many warm stories around the fire and peacefulness of what is natural. They are well and all is well!
Cnoc na Tobar
in Cahersiveen,Co Kerry
Cnoc an Tobar is the where Enflaith group have arived. It is a sacred pilgrim mountain over looking Kells Bay Co Kerry .We set off from cahersiveen at 10.30 and plan to camp at kells bay. Xx Saraí Humble
Cnoc na Tobar-A brief History-
Cnoc na Tobar, it is situated on a mountain top over looking Kells Bay Cahersiveen, Co Kerry.
As one of Ireland’s most sacred mountains. Similar to Croagh Patrick and Mount Brandon. Cnoc na Tobar is a part of twelve pilgrim trails of Ireland.
It has been a sacred pilgrim site since prehistoric and medieval times. To state its importance, it is the site of the festival of Lughnasa, the harvest festival. Great fireslit by people. They would sing,dance and praise the gods for a great harvest. But since medieval times it has being used as part of the Christian pilgrims routes.
It stands at 690m, a “stand-alone” mountain north of Cahersiveen and rising sheer out of Dingle Bay. One of the most impressive mountains in the Iveragh peninsula. The climbs it self is a trail which is clearly marked. In front of you iconic Skellig rocks gradually appears in the horizon as you walk.
In 1885, the Cahersiveen parish priest , Canon Brosnan, organised the erection of stations of the cross on the route from St Fursey’s Well to the summit of Cnoc an Tobar. before you take on the summit, there is a well. dedicated to St. Fursey or St. Fursa, the sixth-century saint. It is known for its healing mineral properties, especially for eye problems.
the true summit is not the cross build by the Catholic church. You will have continued to the northwest. Go straight over a turf /bog. There is a small cairn build by pre-Christians and this is the summit.
We are walking today from the cafe in balina skelligs to a well and walking back to the camp by the beech “crios na tra” ,, tomorrow the intention is to walk from balinaskeligs to st fenians bay where will camp by the beech near a lovely well with a view of the magestic skelligs islands.
Yah Godsil 1st of August 2018
Good morning. Today we will make our way to st. Finans bay to camp for the night. We will continue the next day on to valentia island and on to cahersiveen. 0861081007 is our contact number if anyone has trouble finding us.
Grá agus Beannacht x
Sarah Ni Hlonghaile 2nd August 2018