The well at Doonpeter goes back centuries before Christianity. This well had special religious significance. In pagan times when Christianity took over the church were built near the wells because groups of people were in the habit of meeting there. Gradually Christian practices and prayers took over. Out of these developed the practice of rounds such as decades of the rosary at each stone. It is not clear when the church at Doonpeter was built, but it is clear that O Neill’s army burned it on one of his visits south in 1599 to try to get Lord Barrymore to join him before the battle of Kinsale.
By Brendan O Leary