Glencolmcille, from the Irish meaning “valley of Colm Cille”, is a coastal district in the southwest Gaeltacht of County Donegal.
Saint Colm Cille, or Columba, is one of Ireland’s three patron saints (along with Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid).
Colm Cille and his followers lived in the valley for a time and the ruins of several of their churches can still be seen there.
It is estimated between 4000 and 3000 B.C., farming people settled in the area.
Glencolumbkille Cashel is a penitential station, where every 9 June the local people go through 15 “stations. It begins at a court cairn, which was constructed 3000 BC.
The pilgrim circles the cairn three times praying, places their back to the stone, then renounce the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.
There are a number of majestic natural sites nearby, such as the Slieve League cliffs, The Silver Strand, and Glen Head itself.
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