Doon Rock

Doon Rock

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Name Doon Rock County Donegal Nearest Town Letterkenny Access Road R251 About Doon Rock is located at the eastern edge of Glenveigh National Park, near the site of the St Colmcille.

Doon is to be found at the end of the Mountain Road, the R251.

It is an area steeped in Irish history.

When you climb the 180 metres to the top of Doon Rock you will be standing on the site where 25 O'Donnells were inaugurated Chieftan from the years 1200, Eighneachan O'Donnell to 1603, Neil Garbh O'Donnell (a cousin of Red Hugh O'Donnell ) who ended up in the tower of London where he stayed until he died.

Doon Well is undoubtedly the most frequented and famous holy well in County Donegal although its Christian origins are probably fairly recent.

Two large vigils are held here, one on New Year's Eve and the other on May Eve, the dates of which give a very strong indication on the well's pagan origin.

Directly behind the well there is a graveled path which after 220 metres will take you to a mass rock.

These mass rocks were constructed during the Penal Laws era (1695- 1741) in secluded areas so that the Catholic population could carry on attending mass.

The penal laws, as their name suggests were draconian measures formulated by the British Government and imposed on the Irish people, the objective being to smother the Irish way of life and religion and to turn Ireland into a British state.

One of these laws forced Catholic churches to close and worship was forbidden.