Welcome to Tobernalt Holy Well Sligo

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Garland Sunday 2016 Timetable

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Celebrations at Tobernalt
Today pilgrims come from different parts of Ireland, from the United States, Europe, Japan and China. Groups gather throughout the year to celebrate the Mass, pray, and spend time at this sacred shrine.


Reflections Inspired by Tobernalt

There are a number of different reflections prayed by pilgrims at Tobernalt!


Garland Celebrations At Tobernalt

Garland Sunday celebratons evolved from the pagan festival of Lughanasa - the feast of harvest thanksgiving. This celebration takes place the last Sunday of July. Garland Sunday is a fusion of Christain and Celtic traditions. Garland Sunday may still serve as an occasion for thanksgiving but now with a Christian dimension.

The Irish faithful today owe much in thanksgiving to the generations gone before them who worshipped at Tobernalt even duing penal times. Although Catholic emancipation enabled Catholics to once again worship in Churches and Chapels, many continued to flock to Tobernalt for private devotions. After many improvements the first Mass since penal times was celebrated at Tobernalt in 1921.


Christmas Cards

Holy Well Christmas Cards will be available from St John's Presbytery (Carraroe, Sligo), Liber Bookshop, O'Connell and Veritas, Sligo.

These colourful cards, which contain Christmas reflections, are available in two different types and depict scenes from the Holy Well. They can be viewed on www.holywellsligo.com.

For more information contact Carraroe Parish Office at Tel: 071-6162136 or Email: carraroe@holywellsligo.com.

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About Tobernalt

Tobernalt Holy Well is a place of reflection and nurturing serenity. It predates the advent of Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Its importance as a meeting place and a sustainer of life predates our Celtic ancestors.

At this time, the pilgrim at Tobernalt shares in the inherited ancestral tradition coming from earliest times, which was christianised by St. Patrick and held steadfastly by faithful generations ever since. The challenge posed by Tobernalt is to ensure that the tradition will continue to enrich the generations not yet born.

Tobernalt Holy Well is maintained by St. John's Parish, Carraroe, County Sligo, Ireland. If you would like more information on the Holy Well you can contact the Parish Office at +353-71-9162136 or e-mail carraroe@holywellsligo.com


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Tobernalt History Book

Carraroe parish has been working very hard over the past few years to bring you a Tobernalt history book. We have uncovered previously forgotten material and pictures of the well.

This book is available from:
Carraroe Parish
Veritas bookshop
Sligo Liber bookshop

You can also order a copy of the book for €15.00 (inc post and packaging). To order please contact the parish office on 071-9162136 [Ireland] +353-71-9162136 [Internationally] or Email carraroe@holywellsligo.com

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