St Patricks Well and Magherakeel Monastic Site, County Tyrone

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A vibrant and a busy market town, Castlederg is situated in County Tyrone, west of Northern Island. Close to the border of County Donegal and lying on the River Derg, Castlederg is a town boasting of ancient ruins and exquisite scenery. Traditionally, the town was a traveler’s halt along the ancient pilgrimage route on Lough Derg to Station Island.

St Patrick’s Well and Magherakeel Monastic Site is a popular landmark located in the Castlederg town. St. Patrick was an extraordinary man and his religion was his solace. A devout Christian, he studied for 14 years to be a priest and after that he returned back to Ireland. Spreading the Christian faith and preaching Christianity was his only aim in life that he did for the next 30 years until his death on 17th March, 460AD.

Saint Patrick built number of churches across the country and wherever he went to spread Christianity, he made that place holy. St. Patrick’s Well and Magherakeel Monastic Site is one of the most important ecclesiastical centers of Ireland. Known as Tober Patrick, St. Patrick’s well is situated along the ancient pilgrimage trail to Lough Derg. This holy well has a legend to it that Saint Patrick stopped at this well to quench his thirst while returning from a period of Lenten sacrifice on the nearby island of Lough Derg. Additionally, the Magherakeel Monastic site is another example of the Derg Valley’s early Christian Heritage located close to the well. Dating back to the 6th century, this site is also known as the Plain of the Church which impresses one and all through its peaceful ambiance.

Mesmerizing beauty of the rich heritage and ancient architecture offered by County Tyrone takes one into a different era altogether.

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Originally from Scotland, Colin now resides near the beautiful seaside town of Portstewart on the Causeway Coastal Route. By day he works in IT and by day off he spends much of his time travelling around the Island with his young family, writing about his experiences for many sites both locally and nationally.

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