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Killaloe Heritage & Brian Ború Centre
Heritage Centres Killaloe Heritage Centre explores the theme of Celtic Ireland. In and around this town, the birth place of Brian Boru (940-1014) the greatest High King of Ireland who subdued the Vikings Phone: +353(0)61361511. Distance from Killaloe centre approx less than 0.5km. Web: www.shannonheritage.com

Beal Boru 'Brian Boru's Fort'
Monuments A large ring fort between the river Shannon and the Killaloe -Tuamgraney road, only a mile or so north of Killaloe, has long been identified as the seat of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland from1002 un Phone: +353(0)61376866. Distance from Killaloe centre approx 0.7km. Web:  www.shannonheritage.com

Holy Island
Holy Island derives its name from 'Inis Cealtra', meaning the 'island of the burial ground; or island of monastic cells'. The island lies about 1km from the mainland and 2km from Mountshannon. Ecclesiastically it belongs to the Diocese of Killaloe. An historic island with its roots in Christianity and Pre-Christian times. Pilgrims travelled here for hundreds of years right up to the mid 19th century The island is also associated with the famous Irish chieftain Brian Boru. His brother was abbot here and Brian is said to have built one of the churches on the island. The 50-acre island boasts the remains of no less than 5 churches, early monastic cells, a cemetery, (not one of the 80 or so marked graves is later than 12th century). In one of the graves lie the remains of 10 men, who were probably butchered together by the Norsemen. The dominant feature on the island is an 80-foot tall round tower.

Holy Island Church And Tower

Castle on Lough Derg

Holy Island Graveyard

Monastic Ruins

Church Ruins Holy Island



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