Dating from the 10th century, this stone oratory may have been built to house the relics of St. Columcille.
The roof is barrel vaulted with 3 small chambers in the roof space. Access is by a (modern) ladder.
There is no mortar in the house, it is stacked and angled stones, an amazing feat of early architecture.
The existence of an underground passage from St. Columcille’s House to St. Columba’s church is mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters and in the 17th century Down Survey. Local tradition supports the existence of such a passage.
Columba’s House is the place where the world-famous “Book of Kells” was probably finished and kept before being removed to the porticus of Columba’s church on the monastic site.
The Oratory is kept locked. Access to this site is by knocking on Ms. Carpenter’s door (046 924 1778) – a house with a brown door on your right before you get to the Oratory (No. 1 Church Lane).