Local tradition says that when Colmcille first arrived at Tory island he was met by the local king Oilill who refused to let him land.
Colmcille asked if he could simply have a piece of land the same size as his cloak on which he could build his monastery. Oilill agreed but when Colmcille laid his cloak on the ground it miraculously spread to cover the whole island.
The king was so angry that he set his poisoned dog on Colmcille but the saint made the sign of the cross and the dog leapt into the sea to escape the blessing.
As he leapt to his death, the dog left his footprints on one rock and split another with his tail.
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