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 850 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.Access to the islandIt is possible for tourists to visit the island during the summer months, with boats leaving from Ross Castle throughout the day.
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  • Went with Mor Active tours and kayaked out to this is fantastic. The ruins are very nice and being able to watch the deer move about it incredible. We even watched a mother and fawn swim o...  read more »
  • The history of the Island is amazing and its a great place to hike. St. Mary's Cathedral folds a special Mass on the island in June, we stumbled onto the Mass a few years ago and now plan our yearly t...  read more »
  • You can get to the island by hiring a boat at Ross Castle. Our boat driver was Jason O'Sullivan and he was exceptionally knowledgeable regarding the lakes and the history of the island. Once on the is...  read more »
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