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Kells or Ceannanus Mór (population 3,542) is situated 38 miles north west of Dublin on the N3. It was the location of a monastery founded by Saint Colmcille in 559.

The town is best known for the Book of Kells, which is on display in Trinity College Dublin.

The site of the pagan Tailteann games half way between Navan and Kells.

The grounds of the Church of Saint Columba feature a 10th-century Round Tower, a bell tower dating as far back as 1076, three 9th-century High Crosses and the stem of a fourth. The 1,000-year-old Saint Colmcille's House is just outside the churchyard walls.

Until recently, there was another 9th-century High Cross in the busy market square. Local rebels were hanged from the arms of this cross after the 1798 uprising. Over the years, the cross was being exposed to increasingly heavy traffic travelling through the town. It was knocked over recently, and it has been taken away for repair. Where it will be relocated has not yet been finalised.

Three kilometres north west of Kells is the Hill of Lloyd Tower (1791). You can climb up the 30-metre tower for a small fee.

The town also has a new Heritage Centre.


  • Headfort Golf Club is just outside Kells on the N3.
  • Swimming pool.
  • Handball alley and gym
  • Squash courts
  • People's Park and Paupers' Grave

There are 17 Bus Éireann buses to Dublin each day.

Useful contact details for Kells
Bus Éireann (01) 8366111 http://www.buseireann.ie/
Iarnród Éireann (1850) 366222
  or(01) 8366222 http://www.irishrail.ie/
Garda Station (046) 40999
Bank of Ireland (046) 40032
AIB (046) 40610
Tourist Information (046) 49336
Heritage Centre (046) 47840
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