Monasterboice by Janine Branigan

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The historic ruins of Monasterboice (Irish: Mainistir Bhuithe) are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland, north of Drogheda. It was founded in the late 5th century by St. Buite who died around AD 521 and was an important centre of religion and learning until founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142.

The site houses two churches built in the 14th century or later and an earlier round tower, but it is most famous for its 10th century high crosses.

The round tower is about 35-metres tall, and is in very good condition, although it is not possible to go inside. It is believed that it was built as a refuge for the monks against the Vikings, although this theory has been widely disputed. The passage of time has laid down layers of earth so now the doorway is almost at ground level. The monastery was burned in 1079.

The 5.5-metre Muiredach’s High Cross is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It is named after an abbot, Muiredach mac Domhnaill, who died in 923 and features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The North and West crosses are also fine examples of this kind of structure, but these have suffered much more from the effects of the weather.


  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Great photo and read, you may want to consider joining the group ImageWriting. But the photo alone is fascinating, the composition is excellent, particularly with black and white. That tower is amazing!

  • Thank you Cora for your very kind comment. The Tower is a real land mark in the area, we are steeped in history.

    – Janine Branigan

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    Lovely one of my fav spots for photos:) Have a few myself on my page:)

  • Thanks Tina. I only got interested in photography in May of last year and I have been to so many places with the camera since. This was my 1st time visiting Monasterboice and its only out the road from me.

    – Janine Branigan

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 5 years ago

    A wonderful shot :)

  • Pat Duggan
    Pat Dugganabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot—-The B & W adds to the great history you have written up—Great work—-Congratulations !!

  • Thanks again Pat for your kind comments. Much appreciated.

    – Janine Branigan

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    A stunning shot hope you submit some of your work from Ireland or any of the Celtic Nations (see group overview) or Shots with a Celtic theme~ to our new group ,
    would love to showcase them:)
    Tina & Fino

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats you’ve been featured in Celtic Realm

    Tina & Fino

  • Janine Branigan
    Janine Braniganalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks Martina and Fino :) Greatly appreciated.

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