Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Skryne Church


Republic of Ireland

A 15th Century church ruin, known locally as Skryne Tower, perches atop The Hill of Skryne. The church ruin is well preserved, displaying Medieval pointed arches and an impressive tower. The church has long been associated with St. Colmcille (also known as St. Columba), founder of the monastery at Kells. The name Skryne derives from the Irish Scrín Cholm Cille, meaning ‘Colmcille’s shrine’. Legend suggests the saint’s relics rested for a time in the old monastery. An attractive carving of a male figure is to be found inside the church ruin, above a doorway, allegedly a rendition of St. Colmcille/Columba.

Did you know? At the foot of the tower is a pub and stables that feature in the Guinness white Christmas television advertisement.

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