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Killeshin Monastic Site

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Killeshin, Laois, Republic of Ireland

The village of Killeshin in County Laois was an important monastic centre founded in the 5th or 6th century. Though the round tower was destroyed in the 1700s, there are the remains of a beautiful Romanesque church dating to the 12th Century.

The village of Killeshin, located in County Laois just 5km from Carlow Town, was once home to an important Medieval monastery, established in the 5th or 6th Century. Its name is thought to derive from Gleann Uissean, the valley in which it was established, or Kill Uisin, the Church of Oisín. Though the monastery’s round tower was destroyed in the 18th Century, the site includes the remains of a beautiful Romanesque church with fascinating carvings around the doorway.