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Kells or Ceanannas Mór, meaning Great Fort, a designated
Irish Heritage Town, is one of the finest examples of a monastic
settlement. Retracing the footsteps of the monks, one is drawn into
a story of survival, of pluck and wit pitted against brawn and belligerence.
Medieval monks were certainly pious, some reclusive, but most led
colourful and imaginative lives. It was a question of survival in
troubled times, of escaping the raids of plundering Vikings and
keeping the flame of knowledge and culture alive in an age of darkness.
Columcille’s name became associated with Kells after the brethren
of the Iona monastery moved there to seek refuge from the hit-and-run
attacks of the Vikings.
The High Crosses, with biblical scenes and Celtic
decorative artifacts of Celtic Christianity. Five premier examples
can be found in Kells
including the famous Market Cross.
Kells Heritage Centre : “Golden Age”
- AV presentation. Exhibition of stone and metal work plus a facsimile
of the Book of Kells. Located at Kells Court House. open all
year. Admission charge.
Contact: 046 924 7840 or international on 00353
St. Columba’s Church
St. Columcille’s House