School: Turlough, Béal an Chloga (roll number 14872)

Location:
Turlough, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Áine, Bean Uí Éalaidhe

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0615, Page 114

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The Patron Saint of this district is St Colman. ...

The Patron Saint of this district is St. Colman. He lived around here for a number of years in a lonely valley in a place called Ought-mama between the mountains of Burrin. There is a well there called after him where people travel for miles to pray and give him honour on the 5th Nov and especially people who have weak sight, or sore eyes. There is no certainty about his birth place. The people of Gort claim he was born there, in a place called Kiltartan, but it is disputed. His burial place, is in Kilmacduagh, in the Parish of Gort. There is a church holiday kept there in his honour on the 29th October. The church in Gort is dedicated to his name, and his statue is over the door. There is a statue in the Tierneevan chapel also, kept in honour of him. We have no church holiday here in his honour, but the people living in Oughtmama do not work on Nov 5th, the day appointed to visit the well, and give him honour. There is an old story, that it was a church holiday around here one time. Two certain men had a fight at Colmans well

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Collector
May Burke
Gender
female
Informant
Mary Burke
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
38
Address
Turlough, Co. Clare
Language
English