The Heritage Town of Kells (Ceanannus Mór)


Once a Royal Residence for the High Kings of Tara, then a Norman Market Town where Hugh de Lacy lived, it became and remains a living example of early Christianity that spread as far as Rome and Italy.

One of the most unique and special destinations in the world – Kells welcomes you to come and explore and become a part of its special story.

why Ireland is called “The Land of Saints and Scholars” – a town that contributed to keeping the light of learning alive in Europe during its Dark Ages.  Kells was central to the pre-Olympic Games of Ireland – the Tailteann Games – in legend dated to 1897 B.C. – and possibly a contributor to the ancient Olympic Games. Here was where the famous Book of Kells was completed and protected in this “City of God” for over 800 years. The shape of the town retains the monastic town that St. Colmcille, one of Ireland’s 3 patron saints, also known as Columba, fashioned in the 6th century.

The town of Kells today has managed to retain that very special history while moving into the 21st century with fantastic accommodation, food, golf, equestrian, theatrical, artistic activities and the Hinterland Festival, the Guth Gafa International Film Festival and the annual Pink Ribbon Walk amongst others. We are only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport – and an ideal base in which to explore the Boyne Valley – one of Fáilte Ireland’s top 10 destinations in Ireland – a must see and visit for your bucket list!

Kells & District



The picturesque village of Moynalty was considered to be a typical Norman manorial with possibly a fair or market. The Farrell Estate re-planned the town in what is considered a Swiss design – hence the original town was built on one side of the street hence the phrase “All to one side like Moynalty”.  The highlight is the annual Steam Threshing Festival, a celebration of traditional life in Ireland. Experience the Moynalty Heritage Trail! (

Kilskyre and Ballinlough Parish,  to the monastic town of Kells has a very rich heritage which ncludes several passage tomb cemeteries and three important early Christian monastic sites, its Norman Castles, Mass Rocks and Great Houses.

It is said that Queen Maeve camped here with her armies during her pursuit of the ownership of the Brown Bull of Cooley, and whilst here “cut down the forests of Kilsyre.”