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Early Medieval Monastic Sites

Early Medieval Monastic Sites is part of the Tentative list of Ireland in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.



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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

Community Reviews

Joseph Colletti, USA 03-Sep-17

On my first international trip many years before there was such a thing as Unesco World Heritage sites, I bicycled up to this area from Dublin and stayed atvavyouth hostel across the road from the Monasterboice site. It was a lovely site and the monasteries, dedicated to group work, prayer and scholarship far from the remnants of "civilization" were quite well preserved and signed, right down to the sink (lavabo, Latin fans) in the kitchen.

As the rational notes, this group focus differs from those of the other early Christian monastic sites.

I also visited the Kells and Glendalough sites in spots that truly earn Ireland the name of the Emerald Island. As many scholars ackowledge the Celtic contributions to the preservation of knowledge during a very confused time in the post Roman Empire, this is certainly worthy of inclusion


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  • 2010 - Submitted 

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The site has 6 locations.

  • Clonmacnoise
  • Durrow
  • Glendalough
  • Inis Cealtra
  • Kells
  • Monasterboice