Devenish Island, County Fermanagh

Devenish Island, County Fermanagh

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Located in Lough Erne, Devenish Island contains the one of the most important monastic settlements in Northern Ireland. Founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise the ruins of the ancient monastery can still be admired today. The most spectacular part of the site is the well preserved round tower, some 25 metres high with 5 floors - which visitors can still climb today – one of only a handful in Ireland that visitors can do so.
 
Devenish is completely surrounded by water and indeed even today is only accessible by boat – a key factor perhaps in the monks selecting the site in a bid to lower the risk of attack. However, despite its watery location, the island was repeatedly raided attacked over the centuries – from the Vikings in the 6th century, to the Normans in the 12th.
Today you can still admire the relicts of St. Molaise’s House, a small church built in the 12th century. Along with aforementioned round tower
Another unique monument on Devenish Island is the ruin of an Augustinian church on the hill top, called St. Mary’s Priory, which dates back to the 15th century.
 
Visitors can reach Devenish Island by either Devenish Ferry or by taking the "MV Kestrel" water-bus from Enniskillen.

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