The Round Tower
is not the only thing to see in Kells. Kells is a nice Irish town
that is fortunately not too full of tourists.
Linked in history with the Round Tower and the church beside the tower is St. Columba's House.
The following is off a plaque on the inside of the church:
"St. Columba founded a monastery at Kells in the 8th century which was probably re-founded in 804 by the monks of Iona who fled here for protection against the Vikings. This church was probably not erected until the 11th or 12th century. The original floor level was at the height of the west doorway, now blocked up, and the present entrance [pictured above] is more modern. Between the vault and the stone roof which it supports is a small attic [pictured below] which may have once been residential quarters."
And small quarters they must be! I was bending down pretty far when I took this picture. I think the ceiling was only 4 or 5 feet high.
Well, the graveyard at the Round Tower isn't the only place to see Celtic crosses. This one is on the road from the tower up to St. Columba's House, as are others.
This is O'Shaughnessy's where I ate dinner with some friends
Ballinlough Castle Bective Abbey Clonmellon Cemetery Drewstown House Dublin Grove Gardens p.1 p.2 Irish National Stud Kells p.1 p.2 p.3 Kilkenny Killua Castle Russborough House Trim Castle