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Ardoley

Site/Artefact
Ardoley

Type
Holy Well

Site Number
SMR Mayo 087 040

National Grid Reference
097280 East
282550 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 31

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ardoley - holy well
Photo: Liam Murphy

Description
"The holy well here is named 'St Columcille's Well' on the 1830 and later O.S. maps" (Morahan, 2001). Columban monks settled this area commonly known as Oughavale graveyard, hence the origins of the well's name (Knox, 1908). The name Oughavale itself is a corruption of 'Nua Chongabhal' meaning new settlement or community perhaps indicating the overprinting of the Columban tradition on an area that had already seen the Patrician influence, as both St Patrick and St Columcille are associated with this area (Morahan, 2001).

Wells inside their enclosures had a special spiritual aura and would sometimes be marked out as such by cross-inscribed slabs (Walsh, 1983). The wells were used for baptism signifying cleanliness of body and soul and rebirth. The space surrounding the well became a place of miracles. Perhaps there are echoes of a pre-Christian significance, adapted to a Christian function (Bradley, 1999). Columcille had both healed and converted at evil wells controlled by druids (Bitel, 1990).

Excavation Details
Not Available

Access/Ownership
Public

References

Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

 

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