Scattery Island

Scattery Island Centre, Merchants Quay, Kilrush, Co Clare
Phone: 065 9052139 / 065 6829100

Scattery Island

Scattery Island lying at the mouth of the River Shannon near Kilrush in south west Clare has a rich and unusual history. It has been an ecclesiastical centre since early times a monastery reputedly founded there by St Senan in the sixth century suffered under the Vikings in the ninth and tenth centuries and was largely destroyed in Tudor times.

Scattery has also served as a place of safe harbour for the Spanish Armada and as a defense outpost for the English government. The island has been uninhabited since 1978.

The Information Centre on the mainland interprets the island on which a monastery is sited. The monastery consisting of a round tower and several churches was founded by St. Senan in the early part of the 6th century. His most famous pupil was St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise. A wonderful exhibition on the history of these monuments and on the wildlife of the area is housed in this Centre.

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