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The Devenish Monastic Site is located on an island in Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, and contains one of the finest monastic sites in Northern Ireland.

St. Molaise (Laisrén mac Nad Froích) established a monastery here in the 6th Century on a pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. Devenish became a center of scholarship, and although raided by Vikings in 837 A.D. and burned in 1157, it later flourished as the site of St. Mary’s Augustinian Priory.

There are extensive low earthworks on the hillside, but the earliest buildings are St. Molaise's House (a small church) and a 12th Century round tower close by, both with accomplished Romanesque decoration. Teampull Mor, the lower church, dates from the early 13th Century. On the hilltop sits St. Mary's Augustinian Priory from the mid-15th-early 16th Centuries. The priory has an intricately carved mid-15th Century high cross in its graveyard.

About Devenish Island

Discover Northern Ireland: Devenish Monastic Site, Co. Fermanagh
Megalithic Ireland: Devenish Island
Wikipedia: Devenish Island
Irish Antiquities: Devenish Island Monastic Site
Wikipedia: Laisrén mac Nad Froích (Mo Laisse, St. Molaise)
Wikipedia: Augustinians

Journey to Devenish Island

Devenish is an island in Lower Lough Erne, 3 miles north of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. A ferry to the Island leaves from Trory Point, down a short lane at the junction of the B82 and the A32.

Ordnance Survey Map (H2246)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Devenish Island may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourist information may be found at the Discover Northern Ireland: Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre website.

Additional Photos of Devenish Island

Trory Jetty, Departure Point for Devenish Island
Devenish Island Ferry Service Sign
Molaise III, NIEA Boat to Devenish Island
Devenish Island Monastic Site Descriptive Sign
Devenish Island Monastic Site Sign
Sign for Teampull Mor (Lower Church), Devenish Island
The Lower Church (Teampull Mor), Devenish Island
Stone Coffin in the Lower Church (Tempull Mor), Devenish Island
The Canon's House Attached to the Lower Church (Teampull Mor), Devenish Island
Canon's House (left) and Lower Church (right), Devenish Island
Bullaun Stone, Devenish Island
Sign for Lower Graveyard, Devenish Island
Lower Graveyard, Devenish Island
Gravestone, Lower Graveyard, Devenish Island
Gravestone, Lower Graveyard, Devenish Island
Sign for St. Molaise's House (Church), Devenish Island
St. Molaise's House (Church), Devenish Island
Devenish Island Round Tower Sign
Devenish Island Round Tower
St. Mary's Abbey and Upper Graveyard (left), Devenish Island
St. Mary's Abbey Tower, Devenish Island
Ceiling in St. Mary's Abbey, Devenish Island
Wall, St. Mary's Abbey, Devenish Island
Head Over Entrance to St. Mary's Abbey, Devenish Island
Sign for Upper Graveyard and High Cross, Devenish Island
15th Century High Cross, Upper Graveyard, Devenish Island
High Cross and Round Tower, Devenish Island
Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, Devenish Island
Ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, Devenish Island
Second Round Tower Foundation, Devenish Island
Museum, Devenish Island
St. Molaise Sign, Museum, Devenish Island
Leaving Devenish Island

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