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“History Awakened”
Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Kells Priory

It sits, squat in the field
Like a disintegrating sinner
Who longs for redemption
The walls circle round the heart of it
Encompassing a verdant field
Replete with sheep of a different kind
Than what once were harboured here

Seven towers o’erlooking history
Encamp about its edges
Housing lonely ghosts, timid in the light of day
Living only in shadows, and memories
That lie within the stone and open portals
Where crows now voice their hymns
Of welcome to this orphaned traveller

Hear the voices of the supplicants
Cascading through the centuries
Whispering benedictions
The heart of Augustine held in the grace
And love of Christ that still abounds.
Silent vespers echo within these still walls
And breathe peace to all who enter here

Thank DeniseKramer
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"watch your step"
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"tower houses"
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"b b"
in 9 reviews
"sheep pasture"
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"hours walking"
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"definitely worth the stop"
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"impressive site"
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"peaceful setting"
in 3 reviews
"off limits"
in 3 reviews
"small cemetery"
in 2 reviews
"within the walls"
in 2 reviews
"great site"
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"beautiful ruins"
in 5 reviews
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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Hard to understand how a ruin this big and well preserved could be so neglected and ignored. The benefit is that often, you can have it all to yourself, except for the sheep that wander about, bleating at you. Read all about it before you go, so you understand what you are seeing, as there are no signs to explain it. Not to be missed if you go to Kilkenny.

1  Thank quiinc
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

While me and my boyfriend were out looking and taking pictures of this place we returned to our rental car to find the window broken out, my brown leather backpack with my money and etc... had been stolen. No one was around except when we first parked there were two women sitting on the picnic table looking very sad and hiding their faces a bit now that we look back. Not sure if they are the ones or if someone else came along. I recommend since this place is down in the field away from the parking lot that someone stay with your car. A crowbar or some sort of tool had been used to bust the window. Luckily some nice local folks came along and helped us call the police. Just be careful, evil people are around when you think you are completely safe. Other than that this place was beautiful!

4  Thank stephanie p
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Kells Priory is a fantastic old Augustinian ruin on the banks of the Kings River. Known localls as the Seven Castles the priory gets it's name from the tower houses on the perimeter of the priory. The Priory was founded in 1193 by Geoffrey FitzRobert and was in use until dissolution of the monastery took place in 1540.

Parking is available in the carpark and it's free to stroll through the old priory buildings. It's worth walking over the bridge at the back of the priory and also taking in Hutchinsons Mill and Mullins Mill and completing your stoll over the main bridge and up through the village and back to the carpark. You can also take in Kilree Round Tower just a few kilometers up the hill from the Priory.

A Café is now open in Mullins Mill close to the Priory every Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 6pm, it's a fantastic setting on the banks of the Kings River.

2  Thank LiamOS
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The docent at Jerpoint Abbey suggested that we pick up a picnic and visit Kells Priory which was just up the road. It was a wee bit chilly so we opted to eat lunch at a café but we headed to Kells Priory. It did not disappoint. The first thing that struck me as we pulled into the town of Kells was the sear size of the priory. It was massive!! There are several car parking areas. We parked near the 2nd mill (only in Ireland do directions like that make sense!) and walked across a footbridge to get to the priory. Besides a few OPW employees who were stabilizing one section, we were the only ones there. The kids were free to run, play, climb and imagine what it was like in 1183 when it was built. I know that Europeans are used to seeing old stone structures but I loved the look of awe when my kids realized that the place they were standing was designed and built 300 years or so before Columbus even discovered the New World. Gained perspective!

3  Thank amymapes
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