Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells
Headfort Golf Club Kells

Locality

For most people Kells is associated with the Book of Kells. Kells is a busy market town rich in heritage located on the N52. Kells contains many historic remains including the Round Tower and High Crosses.

Kells 

Kells first became important when it was used as a royal residence for the High Kings. In 550 A.D.,  St. Colmcille established a religious settlement here. In 806 A.D., the monks from Iona, Scotland settled in Kells. In 1152, the Vikings held a synod here after several more raids took place. At the end of the 12th century, Hugh de Lacy was granted the whole of Meath and under this Anglo-Norman's rule the religious establishments at Kells flourished. As a border town of the Pale, Kells was the scene of many a skirmish between Irish and Anglo - Norman troops. It was also used during Tudor times as a mustering place for soldiers. The Kells Heritage centre is located in the old Courthouse located on the Navan Road and gives and excellent overview of Kells ancient monastic history.

Treasures of Kells

Crosier of Kells

This beautiful Crosier which is preserved from one of the 10th of 11th century religious establishments in Kells, is now in the British Museum.

High Crosses

These crosses are located in various spots in Kells, the most prominent being the one located at the front of the Kells Heritage Centre. The shaft is over three metres high and is divided into four sections showing religious scenes.

St Colmcille’s House

This wonderful ruin is located beside the Church of Ireland grounds and was reportedly built in A. D. 806 by Cellach, Abbot of Iona who came to Kells.

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is probably the most famous of illustrated manuscripts and is one of the best known books in the world. It is now located in Trinity College Dublin and attracts large numbers of visitors. This is a manuscript of the Four Gospels in Latin. Beautifully decorated with the most painstaking detail, some of the full-page illustrations show a brilliance of colour and skill that could not be equalled today. A perfect copy of the book is located in Kells Heritage Centre along with many other treasures.

The Round Tower

This tower, near the Church of Ireland is well preserved and nearly 35 metres high. The doorway, as usual is raised 3 metres above ground level. Inside there is no trace of the stairway or of any of the original floors. An unusual feature of this tower is that there are five instead of the usual four windows in the top storey. Ordinarily, the windows of round towers face the four compass points. However in this tower, it appears that the five windows faced towards the Five Ancient Roads of Tara.

Ranked No.6 Parkland
Backspin Magazine 2016

Ranked No.11 Parkland
Golf Digest 2014

Ranked No.2 in all Ireland
Kevin Markham - "Hooked"

Best Course in Leinster 2015
Golfers Guide to Ireland.

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