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“History you can touch”
Review of Kells Priory

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Quite a different experience to most historical sites - no interpretive centre, ticket booth, gift shop or any other facilities - just an huge and amazing ruin where you will likely be the only visitor and will have only sheep as companions while you explore. There are no signs to explain what you are looking at, so it's best to read up before you go - but once you are there, you are free to roam to your hearts content, except a couple of areas that are cordoned off for repairs. The day we visited, there were a few people in fancy dress wandering around (not sure what that was about, but it did explain why we found a pair of red high heels in one of the ancient gray stone doorways - probably not left by the monks!). Plenty of free parking and you can take an interesting walk along the river behind the abbey that takes you past two mills and over a pretty bridge before you follow the road back to the parking lot. On a fine day, it would be a lovely spot for a picnic.

Thank February78
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

first discovery kells priory as a teenager on a spin with my grandfather and I just keep returning on my last visit I was trilled to see the walk way to the mills on the other side of the river was opened up, the site need to be better protected and preserved and a increase in information but still love to return

Thank greatspins
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Reviewed 13 August 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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Reviewed 22 July 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 1 July 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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