Monday 25th April 10.30am & 11.30am
Reefert Church and The Cathedral, Glendalough, Co Wicklow, 10th Century
The monastery located in Glendalough (valley of the two lakes) is situated in the mountains of County Wicklow and was established in the 6th century by St Kevin. After St Kevin’s death around 618, the monastery in Glendalough flourished and became one of the three most significant monasteries for spreading Christianity throughout western Europe, along with Iona in Scotland and Clonmacnoise in County Offaly. The monastery in its heyday included workshops, areas for manuscript writing and copying, guest houses, an infirmary, farm buildings and dwellings for both the monks and a large lay population. The buildings which survive probably date from between the 10th and 12th centuries.