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Kells in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
 

St Columba's Church

Kells Heritage Trail

 
 
St Columba's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
1. St Columba's Church Marker
Inscription.
Diarmuld MacCarroll, High King of Tara, is said to have granted the dun of Cenannus to St Columcille in the 6th century for the purpose of establishing a monastery. This may explain why in 804 the Columban community on the island of Iona (Hebrides), then the principal Columban monastery, moved to Kells to escape the reaches of Norse raiding parties. St Columba's church stands on the site of the original Columban monastery. It became a cathedral church 1152 when the diocese of Kells was established, and a parish church in 1211 when dioceses of Kells and Meath amalgamated. The church houses a facsimile of the Book of Kells and an exhibition on the history of the site.

Hugh Brady, Anglican Bishop of Meath, rebuilt the church including the present bell tower in 1578. An inscription on the tower commemorates this event. Another inscription of the same date is found on the west side of the tower.

In 1655 the church, in a state of ruins, was used by Cromwell's army as a horse barracks. The present church was built in 1778 by Thomas Taylor, First Earl of Bective, at a cost of 2,121. He also added the entrance gates and the spire to the bell tower in 1783. Both church and spire were designed by Thomas Cooley, who also designed Dublin's City Hall. The stone mason was John Walsh.

Four of the high crosses
St Columba's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
2. St Columba's Church Marker
of Kells, the South Cross, the West or Broken Cross, the East or Unfinished Cross, and the North Cross are located on the grounds of St Columba's Church.
 
Erected by Meath Tourism.
 
Location. 53° 43.647′ N, 6° 52.72′ W. Marker is in Kells, Leinster, in County Meath. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Market Street, on the left when traveling north on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the right gate column at the east entrance to St Columba's Church grounds.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Churchyard Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Suffolk Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Catherine Dempsey (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Kells Round Tower (about 150 meters away); Headfort Place (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Market Cross (approx. half a kilometer away); Kells Courthouse (approx. half a kilometer away); Spire of Loyd (approx. 1.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kells.
 
Also see . . .  Kells Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 14, 2010.)
 
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St Columba's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
3. St Columba's Church Marker
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
4. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Carvings and Commemorative Inscriptions image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
5. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Carvings and Commemorative Inscriptions
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Carvings Detail image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
6. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Carvings Detail
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 01 image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
7. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 01
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 02 image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
8. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 02
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 03 image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
9. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 03
St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 04 image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
10. St Columba's Church 1578 Bell Tower Commemorative Inscription 04
St Columba's Church 1783 Bell Tower Spire Commemorative Inscription image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
11. St Columba's Church 1783 Bell Tower Spire Commemorative Inscription
Current St Columba's Church, c.1778 image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2009
12. Current St Columba's Church, c.1778
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,278 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on January 14, 2010.
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