ABOUT THE MUCK & HISTORY OF KELLS…
Kells is a town in County Meath, Ireland. The town lies off the M3 motorway, 16 km (10 mi) from Navan and 65 km (40 mi) from Dublin. It is best known as the site of Kells Abbey, from which the Book of Kells takes its name.
The settlement was originally known by the Irish name Ceannanas or Ceannanus, and it is suggested that the name ‘Kells’ developed from this.
In 1929, Ceannanus Mór was made the town’s official name in both Irish and English. However in 1993, Kells was re-adopted as the town’s official name in English. The monastery at Kells is thought to have been founded around 804 A.D. by monks from St Colmcille’s monastery in Iona who were fleeing Viking invasions!
Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, Hugh de Lacy was granted the Lordship of Meath in 1182.
The religious establishments at Kells continued to flourish under their Anglo-Norman overlords.
Kells became a border garrison town of the Pale and was the scene of many battles, between the Bréifne Irish and Hiberno-Normans. During the rebellion of 1641, Kells was burned to the ground by the O’Reilly clan while attacking the Pale.
So its fair to say Kells has seen its fair share of battles, blood and mayhem over the centuries!
Now you can have your own personal battle and become part of this history by taking part the Muck of Kells!
THE MUCK OF KELLS
GRANGEGLEBE KELLS CO. MEATH