Inis Cealtra / Holy Island

Inis Cealtra, Lough Derg, Mountshannon, Co Clare
Phone: 061 921351

  • Accessible by boat

Accessible by boat Holy Island or Inis Cealtra containing approximately twenty hectares is situated on Lough Derg the largest lake on the Shannon. It lies at the mouth of Scariff Bay an inlet of Lough Derg which gives its name to an unpleasant breeze known to fishermen in particular as the 'Scariff Breeze'.

Mountshannon is the nearest village to the island which is placed in the midst of some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Ireland.

Inis Cealtra, also known as Holy Island, derives its name from 'Inis' (Island) and 'Cealtair' (Church).  The ecclesiatical origins of the island are associated with St. Colm of Terryglass and St. Caimin. St. Colm founded a monastery on the island around teh year 520AD. St. Caimin was abbot on the island approximately 100 years later. Excavations have revealed traces of the early monastery and its graveyard in teh area around where the round tower stands today.

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