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Devenish Island Monastic Site

Enniskillen

Description

Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands.

During its history it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St. Mary’s Augustine Priory. There are ruins from different time periods on site; the earliest being St. Molaise house (small church) and the round tower which are 12th Century. A second church from the 13th Century, which was extended over time, was the lower church.

St. Marys Augustinian Priory on the hilltop has been dated from the middle 15th Century to early 16th Century with a church, tower and small cloister. In the graveyard stands a distinctive, unusual, intricately carved stone cross from the 15th Century.

*** Although Devenish Island is open to visitors we ask you to take care near high walls as this is a remote site and there have been reports of loose masonry ***

***Visitors should note that the toilets on the site are currently closed due to issues with the water supply***

Please note Devenish Island is only accessible by water. The Ferry Service from Trory Jetty is not currently operational (Summer 2021).

The following operators provide water transport to Devenish Island:
- Erne Water Taxi +44 (0) 77 1977 0588
- Erne Tours +44 (0) 28 6632 2882

Contact details

Devenish Trory
Enniskillen
County Fermanagh
BT94 2FE
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9082 3207
Email: scmenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk

Opening times:

The visitor centre will be open daily from 10:30 to 17:00 in July and August 2021. The toilets are currently closed.