Postcard from Ireland: Kells Priory, County Kilkenny


In September 2011, we visited Ireland on our honeymoon. Every place we went to was more beautiful than the next and the people in all parts of Ireland were simply amazing.

During our travels we had the pleasure of staying at the Lawcus Farm Guesthouse in Kilkenny, Stoneyford Co. The owners, Mark and Anne-Marie Fisher, told us of a Priory that was nearby.

We took the short drive from their Bed & Breakfast and came across beautiful pastures with buildings being preserved. We stopped and saw a sign reading Kells Priory. Not knowing much about a Priory, we read the sign and found out this was the first Norman Church at Kells.

As in most places, there was no fee or even anyone to show us around and we were free to explore as we wished. We climbed through the fences and gates and saw green pastures and loads of sheep. You had to watch your steps carefully as they left plenty of landmarks for us.

The buildings were arranged around a central courtyard and there was also a small cemetery. We took the opportunity to walk amongst the sheep and take pictures of the surrounding buildings and open expanses.

Being from the United States, we do not have a lot of history that dates back to the 1100’s so coming across places like this was something we loved being able to see without having to rush through a tour or having large crowds to deal with. We will return one day to see how far the restoration has come and also stay with our hosts, the Fisher’s.

Martin and Jennifer Berman — Cooper City, Florida


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  1. Kells Priory is a hidden gem. As much as I had researched before our family trip (June 2013), I never came across this. Thankfully, a wonderful docent at Jerpoint Abbey told us not to miss it.

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  2. We stayed at the Lawcus Farm Guesthouse and saw the same priory! It was one of the highlights of our vacation. Great memories 🙂

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    • We hope you had as nice a time at Lawcus as we did. Mark and Ann Marie were amazing hosts and great ambassadors for Ireland. We learned a lot from them.

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