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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

The 11th Green
Headfort Golf Club
Kells, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland / Parkland
Established in 1928, Headfort Golf Club is one of the finest parkland complexes in the Country. Boasting a 36 hole layout, both courses have beautiful trees which enhance this picturesque setting. The idea of creating a new club near Kells, to ...
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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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Carnaross Local Food Market - Co Meath - Saturdays
Saturday 10am-3pm

Sheridans Cheese Mongers, Virginia Road Station, Carnaross, Co Meath (just outside Kells, northwest)

Kevin Sheridan Tel: 046 924 5110 www.sheridansc ...
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Tourist Attractions

Old Mellifont Abbey - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Old Mellifont Abbey
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mellifont Abbey resides on the banks of the River Mattock and was the first Cistercian monastery to be built in Ireland, founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh. The Abbey became the model for other Cistercian abbeys built in Ireland, with it ...
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Wedding
Tattersalls Country House
Ratoath, Co. Meath
This wedding venues an elegant country house which is available for exclusive event hire; it is surrounded by a terrace which can be seen from each room through huge windows, and has beautiful gardens There are many lovely stone country churches ...
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