Devenish Island, Irvinestown

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Devenish or Devinish is an island in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Aligned roughly north–south, it is about one and a quarter miles long and two-thirds of a mile wide. The main place to catch a ferry to the island is at Trory Point, just outside Enniskillen. Devenish Island is owned by the Kilravock Christian Trust.FeaturesDevenish contains one of the finest monastic sites in Northern Ireland. A round tower thought to date from the twelfth century is situated on the island, as are the walls of the Oratory of Saint Molaise who established the monastery in the 6th century, on a pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. It became a centre of scholarship and although raided by Vikings in 837 and burned in 1157, it later flourished as the site of the parish church and St Mary's Augustinian Priory.There are extensive low earthworks on the hillside, but the earliest buildings are St Molaise's House (a very small church) and the fine round tower close by, both with accomplished Romanesque decoration of the 12th century. The round tower is some 30 metres (100 ft) tall and can be climbed using internal ladders. It features a sculptured Romanesque cornice of heads and ornament under the conical stone roof. Nearby is a cross carved with spiral patterns and human heads. There are also several cross-slabs, one with an interlace design and a mediaeval carved cross. Near the round tower, the foundations of another tower were found, which the present tower probably superseded.
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  • Not so hidden but we hired a boat to come visit the island. The taxi service had just started back up too but we wanted to hire a boat anyway. Very pretty island with lots of history and culture. Very...  more »
  • Took a boat tour of the Lough and we stopped off on Devenish Island for about half an hour. Well maintained monastic ruins on Lough Erne. Worth a look on a fine day.  more »
  • Took a boat trip to Devinish Island while visiting Enniskillen. The short trip over to the island was very pleasant. This ancient and sacred place evokes haunting memories of the early days of Christi...  more »
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  • Fantastic place fomer home of St molaise who had his own feast day 12th September every year the island would be alive with peaple far and near for st molaise day, there is story's of vikings raiding the islands for gold and religious documents at that time.
  • The solitude's is uncanny the hairs on my neck raised
  • A hour on the island sat down because you can get me there with expensive slow boat. Hardly what to see. There are more beautiful things in Ireland
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