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  • Kells: A 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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  • 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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  • Gallipoli 100 Festival – 24th – 26th April

    The weekly RTE Radio 1 programme The History Show and the organisers of the annual Hay Literary Festival in Kells have joined forces to launch a centenary commemorative event to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the ill-fated WW1 Dardanelles campaign. See programme here.

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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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  • New Tour Base in Market St., Kells

    The Kells Experience Tours, in operation since 2011, is opening a tour base in Market Street (at the original entrance to the ancient monastery) on April 20th, 2015. The base will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday – Saturday every week. Daily walking tours of the Monastic Site of 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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Gallipoli 100

"The weekly RTE Radio 1 programme The History Show and...

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The Royal County 5km

The Royal County 5km is back! Taking place in Kells...

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Tea Dance

For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/258584477668268/?fref=ts

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Kells Arts Club Literary Lunch

Kells Arts Club first Literary Lunch led by Eamon Cooke....

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Antique Furniture Auction

Viewing: Sun 26 April 2-6pm Mon 27 April 11am-7pm Tues...

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Kells Business Expo

Meath Enterprise will be running a Business Expo in the...

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Golf Classic

Event to raise awareness for the Meath Windfarm Information Group....

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Jim Connell Festival

A weekend of events for Jim Connell (author of the...

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea in aid of Meath Alzheimer's Day Care. To...

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The Duchess of Richmond's Ball

A commemoration of the Duchess of Richmond's Ball. (Part of...

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Full Moon Walk of Kells

Full Moon Walk of Kells! For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421008221541293/

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Kells Local Heroes Race Night

Kells Local Heroes Race Night in aid of Kells Playground...

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