Graig and Kells: Two jewels in our county crown

TODAY, thanks to photographer Donal Foley we take a short trip through two of the most beautiful areas of our wonderful city and county.

On Page 22 we feature the delights of Kells Village which, for the record, was founded by a gentlemen called Geoffrey FitzRobert.

Among the village’s prized possessions is an Augustinian Priory founded in 1193. It is situated alongside the King’s River beside the village.

The priory is a national monument and is in the care of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking features is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of circa three acres.

These give the priory the appearance of a fortress rather than of a place of worship and from them comes its local name of ‘Seven Castles’.

The Celtic Cross dates from the 9th century and stands over the burial site of Niall Caille, High King of Ireland who was drowned as he tried to rescue a servant from the King’s River to which the king gave his name.

Kells is a place of real beauty and has a vibrant community which is warm and welcoming.

On Page 23 we enjoy snapshots of Graignamanagh,  a picturesque town that has so  much going for it, including a magnificent quayside area on the River Barrow that is well populated by barges and pleasure boats.

The town’s treasures include Duiske Abbey, one of the finest Cistercian Abbeys in our country.

It is a lively town that boasts a host of activities for visitors, including a river festival, trekking trails and its local pubs and restaurants are lively, interesting and wonderfully inviting.

Again, those we respectfully call the natives are warm and friendly and certainly enhance a local céad mile fáilte ethos that can lead to river cruises, pub entertainment and delightful cuisine.

A visit to either or both of our featured areas, we have no doubt, will prove to be a wonderful experience.

If you can make both that will truly enhance any ramblings you may enjoy in our coveted South East.