Innisfallen Island, Killarney

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Innisfallen or Inishfallen is an island in Lough Leane; one of the three Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland.HistoryInnisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park. The monastery was founded in 640 by St. Finian the Leper, and was occupied for approximately 950 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The monks were dispossessed of the abbey on August 18, 1594, by Elizabeth I.The location of the monastery on the island is thought to have given rise to the name Lough Leane (Irish Loch Léin), which in English means "Lake of Learning". According to tradition the Irish High King Brian Boru received his education at Innisfallen under Maelsuthain O'Carroll. Maelsuthain has been credited as the possible originator of the Annals.
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  • A stop at Inishfallen Island was included on our return boat trip within the Gap of Dunloe tour and we were pleased that it was. The island is a pretty spot with an interesting history and ruins as we...  more »
  • We took a boat ride out to the island and observed an Irish family cooking over an open fire as they had a picnic on the island. There are some ruins including a place of worship that the monks used t...  more »
  • really friendly hotel, excellent rooms well equipped, nice and clean, good breakfast and yummy, impeccable service and kindness!
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  • Great place for a quiet walk

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