The Sligo Community Archaeology Project began in 2018. Community Archaeology is archaeology initiated and driven by communities. It has been described as activities ranging from work carried out by professional archaeological organisations in which public involvement is encouraged, through to the many activities that are initiated and led by local communities themselves, such as historic building conservation, landscape survey projects, excavations, exhibitions and events.

County Sligo is known for its well preserved, rich and diverse range of archaeological sites and monuments. There are over 6,500 recorded sites and monuments ranging from Neolithic tombs, church sites, castles and ringforts. Amongst these are the holy wells, sites often of great antiquity, steeped in legend and folklore.

As part of the 2019 Sligo Community Archaeology Project we are seeking public participation in recording the Holy Wells of Co. Sligo.

Holy Wells can be found in many locations across the county, down boreens, up mountains, in bogs, by the seashore and even in our towns and villages. These diverse and enigmatic sites are symbols of Irish culture, embedded in the natural landscape, communal places used for personal devotion, prayer and healing.

There are 117 holy wells recorded in County Sligo in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland. In South Sligo alone 69 holy wells are recorded. Many of these wells are still frequented, with active devotions still taking place. One of the most prominent and enduring holy wells in use in Ireland is Tobernalt Co. Sligo, the holy well is visited annually by thousands of people. However many more are forgotten; the precise location and customs lost from living memory.

Do you have information to share about some of these lost wells? Are there wells still frequented but not officially recorded? Are there customs, rounds, traditions, stories or cures associated with your local holy well that you would like to share? Do you know what day the well was visited, what prayers were said? Were offerings left at the well, stone or at a nearby tree?

By taking part in the survey you will help to record these unique and treasured places, an important part of our Sligo heritage. Follow the link below to answer a few short questions and add the information you wish to share on your local holy well. 

The information will be compiled in a database held by the Sligo Heritage Office of Sligo County Council and will be made available to the public.

The online survey will close on Tuesday April 23rd 2019. If you have any questions or comments about the survey or the Sligo Community Archaeology Project please email Tamlyn McHugh at info@fadoarchaeology.com or phone 0868706529.

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Your help is greatly appreciated and invaluable in preserving Sligo’s past for future generations. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

The ‘Sligo Community Archaeology Project’ is an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020. The project is funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and is being delivered by Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology on behalf of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.

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* 1. In which County and Townland is the well(s) located?

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* 2. What is the name of the well(s)?

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* 3. Please give a brief description of the well(s) and its surroundings.

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* 4. When was the pattern day? What was the custom of celebration?

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* 5. Were offerings left at the well(s) or other feature like a tree? What were these offerings?

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* 6. Were there stories or legends associated with the well(s)? Were there any cures associated with the well(s)?

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* 7. What was the 'rounding' ritual? E.g. how many times were circuits performed; were stopping points or 'stations' prayed at; what prayers were said?

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* 8. Do you have additional information you would like to add?

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* 9. Please supply Irish Grid Co-ordinates (Easting & Northing) for the well(s) location in the ITM (Irish Transverse Mercator) format available at http://map.geohive.ie/mapviewer.html

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* 10. Please email any photos of the holy well(s) to info@fadoarchaeology.com

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* 11. Please supply contact details 



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