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

12 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
        • Sheila

          Correction: Should read Kevin McGuire Railway Road Belcoo Enniskillen Co Fermanagh N.Ireland



          Leonard McGinley February 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply
    • Dear Sheila

      Just sighted your above post I guess by now you have ascetained all information but if not there is a family of McGuire`s in Belcoo the head of the family is Mr Kevin McGuire Railwat Road Belcoo Enniskilen Co Fermanagh N Ireland.

      Good Luck


      Leonard McGinley February 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply
    • Hi, can you please arrange for Sheila Mary Ryan to contact me via email (provided, but not published)
      Similarly, can you arrange for contact with Kevin McGuire Railway Road Belcoo Enniskillen Co Fermanagh N.Ireland; or to Leonard McGinley who posted in 2017, February 19th,

      Thanks, for McGuire in Australia

      McGuire in Australia June 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm Reply
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  3. Hello there – I am trying to contact Mairead Dolan re information on the holy well in Belcoo. My phone number
    is 07973214685 and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who can put me in contact with Mairead -thanks Rita

    rita duffy November 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Was just speaking to Mairead. Let me know if you still want to contact her and I will see if I can help!!!

      Violet April 16, 2019 at 8:11 pm Reply
  4. Hi, We will be visiting N. Ireland in June. I am trying to locate where my Great Grandfather James Mc Gorty sometimes spelt Mc Gourty was born. His birth was registered at Enniskillen in 1865. What research I have done seems to point to the Belcoo area. It was suggested his parents lived on Black Marble farm but I have searched and can not find any property with that name. I do know that there were some McGortys buried in the Belcoo St Patricks churchyard. I wondered if anyone on here has heard of the McGorty name in this area. Also my Great Grandmother was a Mc Cooey and her parents also came from this area. Hope somebody can help. Belinda

    BelindaPaech February 26, 2019 at 3:54 pm Reply
    • I live around Belcoo, there are people called McGourty (various spellings) nearby. Was there much information on the 1865 Birth Certificate? Are your ancestors on the 1901 or 1911 Irish Census (all on the internet)? What townland are your ancestors associated with? This would probably be the best place to start researching from? If you get a townland I can try to look into it here.

      Violet April 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm Reply
  5. Hi I have just discovered that my grandfather John Patrick Gallagher grew up in this area Drumcully/Belcoo.His father Denis had a farm I think and his brother Hugh inherited it as the older brother.My grandfather moved to Glasgow..any advice/info would be much appreciated

    Norrie Gallagher June 9, 2020 at 2:20 am Reply

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