Caomhan is the patron saint of Inis Oírr (Inisheer). Caomhan’s Phatrún Day takes place on June 14th every year. Islanders, visitors, and tourists alike all gather to celebrate the Phatrún together. This is a day of celebration and festivities including an open air mass, traditional Irish music and sean-nós dancing.
St. Caomhan is held in high respect by the Islanders who use the term “Ara Chaomhain” meaning “Our dear friend Caomhan” when referring to him. This site on Inis Oirr is an early Christian monastic site dating from the late 5th century and is attributed to Caomhan. The 10th-11th century stone church named Teampall Chaomhain is still located there today. This church is similar in design to the Church of the Trinity, in Glendalough, County Wicklow causing speculation that Caomhan of Inis Oirr and Kevin of Glendalough were brothers.
Nearby is Caomhan’s Grave or Tomb, Leaba Chaomhain (Caomhan’s Bed). Islanders hold an all-night vigil there on the eve of Caomhan’s Phatrún Day as it is believed to be a source of spiritual healing for all ailments. Doing the “rounds” or “turas” in a clockwise direction (iompar deiseal) around Teampall Chaomhain (stone church) is still the custom today. Caomhan’s Cross is unique to the island of Inis Oírr. It may be seen on Caomhan’s gravestone and on headstones in the graveyard.
Tobar Eínne (Enda’s Well) is a holy well with a cure for all ailments dedicated to Enda of Inis Mor- who is considered to be “father of the Early Monastic Church”. The well is located in the western part of Inis Oírr. Holy men from all over Ireland, Colmcille, Jarlath, Colman etc., traveled to Inis Mor to learn from Enda.
He was born in Meath, in the 5th. century and died in AD 530. Enda’s Phatrún Day is celebrated on March, 21st. Tobar Eínne is the only holy well on Inis Oírr.
Join Pius Murray on an Inspirational Walk on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands on Tuesday, 14th June 2016 to celebrate Lá Fhéile Phatrún or St. Kevin’s Day, the patron of Inisheer.
The walk includes:
Visit Enda’s Holy Well (Tobar Eínne), Caomhan’s Church & Grave (Teampall & Leaba Chaomhain) and Gobnait’s Church (Teampall Beag Ghobnait)
Duration: 5 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Quiet, tarred roads and boreens
Cost: €30 per person, includes Walk & Return ferry ticket on Doolin Ferry Company (O’Brien’s Ferry).
Walk leader: Pius Murray of Coisceim Anama
What to Wear: Warm, waterproof clothing and walking shoes/boots, packed lunch & bottle of water recommended.
Booking: Doolin Ferry Company T. +353 (0)65 707 5555 E.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pius Murray M. 0879828173
See also www.coisceimanama.ie