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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

Ballinlough Castle - County Westmeath
Ballinlough Castle
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Standing proudly on a hillside overlooking a lake, Ballinlough Castle looks for all the world like the illustration in a fairytale book and it has a story to match. Owned by the Catholic O’Reilly/Nugent family since it was first built in 16 ...
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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

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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

Tayto Park - Ashbourne County Meath ireland
Tayto Park
Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Tayto Park is a recent addition to Ireland's family-based activity parks and provides an excellent day out for all the family. It covers 55 acres and has over 100 attractions that have been created with all ages of children in mind. There is ...
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Wedding Venues

The Station House Hotel - County Meath Wedding Venue
The Station House Hotel
Kilmessan, Co. Meath
The Slattery family’s unique hotel and wedding venues an old railway junction, which was closed in 1963 and all the various buildings have since been converted to create an hotel of character - and it is set in 12 acres of gardens, creating ...
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