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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Devenish Island

Devenish Island

Devenish Island is one of the finest monastic sites in all of Northern Ireland and was established between 500-600 A.D. In 1300 A.D. the original church was extended, and later a Maguire chapel was added to the south with several different 17th century heraldic slabs.

Devenish Cemetery

Several Maguire tombstones and finely sculptured crosses are in the cemetery.

Devenish Round Tower
(a place of refuge)

On Devenish Island is a round tower that is estimated to have been built between 1100-1200 A.D. The round tower is about 100ft tall and was used to escape Vikings and other attackers using a system of internal ladders. During an attack... the church scriptures and valuables were rushed inside the tower for protection.

Devenish community layout

Devenish became a centre for religious scholarship and learning. The community became very successful even though it was raided by Vikings in 837 and burned in 1157.more to come...
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