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Skreen Church
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 35' 09.4"   W 006° 33' 46.3"

Nearest town

Dunshaughlin

Grid Ref.

N 95225 60508

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

148

Date of visit

Wednesday 3 May 2006

GPS Accuracy (m)

6
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The church atop the hill. Seen from the southeast.


Skreen church dates from the 15th century. The name Skreen derives from "An Scrín", the Irish for "The Shrine", because in 875 the relics of St. Colmcille were brought to a monastery built at this site for safety. The monastery was attacked and plundered several times between the 10th and the 12th century. The relics of the saint were robbed in 1027, but were recovered some time later.
The structure had two sections. A nave where the congregation sat and a chancel where the altar was. The latter one is totally missing.
At its west end there is a massive square tower, but the top of it is damaged and partly collapsed.
There are two doorways, one in the north wall and the other one in the south wall. In this same wall there are also two large windows.
Above the door of the south wall there’s a carving of a bishop. This figure was probably a decoration on one of the cloister piers and dates to the 14th century.
To the northeast of the church is a late medieval stone cross 1.50 metres tall with a crucifixion carved on its west face.
Inside the tower there are a badly damaged baptismal font and a medieval grave slab.


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