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  • Hay Festival Fringe

    The successful third Hay Festival in Kells this year is decorated by the Hay Festival Fringe Events run or promoted by the Kells & District Tourism Forum. The goal is to open up our heritage to visitors as much as possible so that they can appreciate both the literary events as well as the...

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  • New Kells Advert: Discover Kells

    Produced by Hubert Morris Directed by Jass Foley 1st Assistant Director: Mia Mullarkey 1st Assistant Camera: Cian Markey Thanks to: Ham Sandwich (soundtrack from new album” Stories from the Surface”) All the people in Kells that have supported the creation of this advert. The Kells & District Tourism Forum, without whose help this could...

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  • Hay Festival Accommodation

    Looking for Accommodation? Check out our listing of hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping and accommodation in private homes. If you have accommodation to offer, please email info@visitingkells.ie or phone 087 706 4421

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  • New: Kells Country Market & Craft Fair

    Kells Country Market & Craft Fair hold a new market on every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at The Old Army Barracks (beside The White Orchid) Cannon Street. Come along and see or purchase some lovely local crafts and foods!  

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  • Coming to Kells? Try our Heritage Audio Guide

    A 40 minute fun and informative audio guide that leads a visitor around Kells, voiced by professional actress Niamh Shaw and packed with original music by talented Westmeath musician Enda Seery. The guide is free to download from www.abartaaudioguides.com and www.visitingkells.ie.

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  • Kells: An Integral Part of the New “Ireland’s Ancient East” Brand

    Fáilte Ireland launched a new brand on 13th April – IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST – aimed at the Culturally Curious traveller – a journey of discovery through Ireland in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush beautiful landscape, that attracted warring settlers for millennia, and  made awe inspiring by stories from the best story tellers...

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  • Kells Looking Forward to a Year of Festivals

    2015 has kicked off in Kells with real earnest with the enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day Festivities. Now we look forward to even more good times in Kells with the upcoming events and festivals. Keep your dates free in the diary for these events!

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  • UnChain Yourself for a Real Shopping Experience!

    Shoppers in Kells have seen parking charges lowered – motorists will get the first 15 minutes of parking free and the minimum charge has been cut from 50c to 20c for 20 minutes parking. Come and experience Real Shopping in a Friendly Heritage Town – just 45 mins from Dublin! Check out the Kells...

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Welcome to Kells & District – a Gem in the Boyne Valley & Ireland’s Ancient East

One of the most unique and special destinations in the world – Kells welcomes you to come and explore and become a part of its special story.

Kells is on the World Heritage Tentative List – and for very good reasons. It was once known as the “Splendour” or “Joy” of Ireland and contributed to why Ireland is called “The Land of Saints and Scholars” – a town that contributed to keeping the light of learning alive in Europe during its Dark Ages.

Once a royal residence for the High Kings of Tara, then a Norman Market Town where Hugh de Lacy lived, it became and remains a living example of early Christianity that spread as far as Rome and Italy. Kells was central to the pre-Olympic Games of Ireland – the Tailteann Games – in legend dated to 1897 B.C. – and possibly a contributor to the ancient Olympic Games. Here was where the famous Book of Kells was completed and protected in this “City of God” for over 800 years. The shape of the town retains the monastic town that St. Colmcille, one of Ireland’s 3 patron saints, also known as Columba, fashioned in the 6th century.

The town of Kells today has managed to retain that very special history while moving into the 21st century with fantastic accommodation, food, golf, equestrian, theatrical, artistic activities and the Hay Literary Festival, the Guth Gafa International Film Festival and the annual Pink Ribbon Walk amongst others. We are only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport – and an ideal base in which to explore the Boyne Valley – one of Fáilte Ireland’s top 10 destinations in Ireland – a must see and visit for your bucket list!

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Make a Book in Kells Summer Camps

From the 6th of July we will be running a...

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Tom Duffy's Circus

For bookings and more info see Duffyscircus.com

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Peter Chairman Cup

Meet at Supervalu Weigh in at Smith’s Bar 23:15 http://kellsanglers.com/competitions/

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The Kelltic Bar: Traditional Thursdays

Traditional Thursdays Every Thursday for Summer 2015 With Noel O'Neill...

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Kells Arts Club: Poets & Gazebos

Wine, cheese, strawberries... Bring your creations or discoveries... and friends!...

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Antique Furniture Auction

Viewings Sun 12 July 2-6pm Mon 13 July 11am-7pm Date...

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Mission Peak Chamber Singers

Concert by Mission Peak Chamber Singers from Fremont, California. Director...

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The Kelltic Bar: Traditional Thursdays

Traditional Thursdays Every Thursday for Summer 2015 With Noel O'Neill...

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Kells Local Heroes Pub Quiz

Kells Local Heroes are holding quiz night in the Westway,...

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Kells Country Market & Craft Fair

A vibrant and diverse indoor Country Market Fair open to...

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Rustic Barnyard Bash

Summer, smell of hay and sizzling barbecue, cold homemade lemonade,...

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76th Oldcastle Agricultural Show & Food Fair

For more info see : www.oldcastleagrishow.com/

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The Headfort Garden Wedding Showcase

The Headfort opens its Pearly White Gates on July 19th...

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Lecture: 'Jim Connell- Meathman and author of the Red Flag'

Meath Archaeological & Historical lecture by Dr Danny Cusack.

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Kells Country Market & Craft Fair

A vibrant and diverse indoor Country Market Fair open to...

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Sheridan's Big Cheese Market

Part of the Boyne Valley Food Series.

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Kells Country Market & Craft Fair

A vibrant and diverse indoor Country Market Fair open to...

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