St. Patrick’s Holy Well – Belcoo

Places to See | Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Holywell is a small village near Belcoo in County Fermanagh. In it there is a large spring, this is the Holy well after which the village has been named.

This well, like many other religious and historic sites in Ireland, is linked with Saint Patrick. The well measures about forty feet by twenty feet and flows off into two streams, each flowing in a different direction. The estimated yield of water is 600 gallons per minute.

This water is reputed to be the coldest in Ireland. It is a place of pilgrimage for many local people who perform penitential stations during the old period of Lughnasa from the last weekend in July until August 15. Lughnasa celebrates the beginning of the harvesting of the crops, corn in earlier times and later potatoes. This is one of the more unique places to see in Co Fermanagh.

Address: Holywell, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh

4 Responses to St. Patrick’s Holy Well – Belcoo

  1. This a beautiful site! I am requesting mailing address of RC records in Belcoo back to 1790s of a Thomas McGuire who married a Mary and emigrated to NYC in 1829 with his wife and 8 year old son Thomas McGuire from Belcoo. I am his 72 year old Great great granddaughter in South Carolina. Any assistance with places to write (churches, centers or any McGuires in Belcoo who might be of assistance to me.

    Thank you kindly
    Sheila Mary ( member with DNA done)

    Sheila Mary Ryan December 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • Hi Sheila

      Thanks for the comment. I can’t help you here directly. I suggest you contact Fermanagh County Library Irish & Local Studies Department, Enniskillen Library. Their number is +44 28 6632 2886 or email enniskillenlibrary[at]

      I did a quick search online and found this also. It may be of use to you.
      Genealogy in Fermanagh

      Happy hunting!

      Thomas December 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm Reply
      • Thomas, Thank you for your prompt response and suggestions! It is already February and I am just getting to see your answer. Many many thank yous

        Sheila Falkowski February 4, 2014 at 11:57 am Reply
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