Within 10 minutes drive of Tullamore is the Celtic Cross of Durrow. In the middle of the sixth century a monastery was founded here by Saint Columba. The monastery is famous for an illuminated manuscript, written here in the seventh century, known as the Book of Durrow.

The Celtic Cross of Durrow is housed together with several Cross Slabs in a small exhibition within a conserved church. It stands at 3.60 metres.

In addition, 500 metres north of the cross is a holy well known as St Colmcilles well in memory of Saintt Columba (Colmcille). Above the entrance to the well, which has steps leading down to it, is a plaque with AD550 written on it.

St Colmcilles Well

Directions to Celtic Cross of Durrow: 

JN 5 (N52 And L2006) Southbound

9 min from exit

The author: Nick Fitzgerald