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Kells, Co. Meath

Kells (Irish: Ceanannas "Great Chief Abode") is a town in County Meath in Ireland. The town lies on the N3 road, and lies 16km (10 miles) from Navan and 64km (40 miles) from Dublin. In recent years the town has expanded considerably with many Dublin commuters moving to the town.

The monastery at Kells is thought to have been first founded around 804 A.D. It was founded by monks fleeing from St Colmcille's Iona monastery, to escape Viking invasions. At the end of the 12th century Hugh de Lacy was granted the whole of Meath and under the Anglo-Normans the religious establishments at Kells flourished.

Kells, as border town of the Pale, was the scene of many battles, between Anglo, Irish and Norman fighters. During Tudor times, it was used as a mustering place for soldiers.

The Abbey of Kells, with its round tower, is associated with St Columba (also called St Colmcille) and with the Book of Kells, now kept at Trinity College Dublin. The round tower and five large Celtic crosses that can still be viewed today. Four of the crosses are in the church yard of St Columba's church, the other, a large Celtic cross that was positioned in the middle of a busy crossroads, until an unfortunate accident involving a cumbersome articulated lorry. It now stands in front of a former courthouse (which is now a museum and coffeeshop), and has a roof over it to protect it from the elements.

Gardens

Loughcrew Historic Gardens - County Meath
Loughcrew Historic Gardens
Kells, Co. Meath
After a long and sometimes fateful history, a more serendipitous chapter has opened for Loughcrew. The original 17th century landscaped grounds, which were revived in the 19th century have been rescued again with help from the Great Gardens of Ir ...
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Golf

County Meath Golf Club - Trim County Meath Ireland
County Meath Golf Club
Trim, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland
County Meath Golf Club is a 6088 metre par 73 parkland golf course that's maintained to a very high standard. Each hole tests every aspect of an individual's game from tee to green. The fairways are designed to be a challenge for golfers who aspi ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Tankardstown House & Cottages
Slane, Co. Meath
Tricia and and Brian Conroy’s magnificent Georgian country house with cottages is available to hire for an exclusive stay or to host a private house party (maximum sixty guests). Set in parkland near the charming village of Slane in Coun ...
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What's On

Kells Market - Co Meath - Saturdays
Saturdays 10am - 4pm

Location:

Brendan Doyles Yard, Farrell Street, Kells

Contact:

Brendan Doyle Tel: 045864598, Mobile: 087 2578635, email: ejpdoyle1@eirco ...
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Tourist Attractions

Trim Castle - Trim County Meath Ireland
Trim Castle
Trim, Co. Meath
Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland and was built over a thirty years by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. The Castle site was chosen because it is on raised ground, overlooking a fording point over the River Boyne and was us ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
This fine owner-managed country hotel just south of Carrickmacross is set in a parkland estate, with its own 18-hole golf course, and overlooks a lake. You approach over a little bridge (“Beware - ducks crossing”) and immaculately mai ...
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