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Introducing Kells

Kells is best known for the magnificent illuminated manuscript that bears its name, and which so many visitors queue to see at Trinity College in Dublin. Although the great book wasn't created here, it was kept in Kells, one of the leading monasteries in the country, from the end of the 9th century until 1541, when it was removed by the Church.

The town has been hard hit by the demise of the Celtic Tiger, including the closure of its heritage centre. However, remnants of the once-great monastic site include some interesting high crosses and a thousand-year-old round tower.

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