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Pilgrimage destination

St. Gobnait's story compelled me to include her monastic site in my visit to Ireland. We found it... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
A very holy space with a pagan feel

St Gobnait's well is next to an ancient tree on which people hang mementos and symbols of their... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2015
Catherine S
Cork, Cork, Ireland
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3 Oct 2017
“Interesting and Historical place, the Church and the Well dedicated to Saint Gobnait”
23 Jun 2016
“Pilgrimage destination”
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
N22, Ballyvourney, Ballyvourney, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

There is a modern church, and then there is the well and graveyard a few miles away. I recommend it. The Cork Branch of the Classical Association brought the attendees of the Summer School to a ruined castle and then to the modern church where...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

St. Gobnait's story compelled me to include her monastic site in my visit to Ireland. We found it to be a very interesting place of pilgrimage. It was a very serene, meaningful place. We had a bit of trouble locating it, however. We were surprised...More

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Reviewed 17 August 2015

St Gobnait's well is next to an ancient tree on which people hang mementos and symbols of their prayers. The wall between this world and the spirit world is thin here.

4  Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 29 May 2015

An ancient site of pilgrimage venerating St. Gobnait and recognised by Pope Clement in 1601. A hidden gem.

3  Thank Joe M
Reviewed 4 May 2015

st Gobnaits (or st Abbey) monastic site is situated in a scenic location over a quaint humpbacked bridge beside ballyvourney village and its river.It has been a place of sacred pilgrimige for hundreds of years.It is also a burial ground for the local population and...More

2  Thank frankger
Reviewed 14 March 2015

Easy to find coming from Macroom on the N22 to Ballyvourney and as you drive into Ballymakeery look for St Gobnaits Church on your right then a short drive and take the next left over the river Sulane and second right brings you to the...More

2  Thank ExpatKL88
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

A beautiful walk leading to a church and holy well. This site dates back to pre-christian times. Walk around the church and see a cultic cross and a real Sheela-na-gig over the west window. Simply wonderful

2  Thank Jeremiah_Joseph
Reviewed 9 February 2014

With echoes of its pagan past, the traditional monastic site of St. Gobnait, the patron of beekeepers, has evidence of a Bronze Age burial, an Early Christian foundation, two holy wells, and an enigmatic "sheela-na-gig" fertility figure on a wall. Ask in Ballyvourney how to...More

4  Thank Howard G
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