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Kells and Connor

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Kells and Connor
Standing on the stream known as Kells Water, this pleasant village stands south of Ballymena on the Antrim Road. It is an ancient place and here are the ruins of an early abbey – but not to be confused with the more famous Kells (of historic book fame), which is located in Southern Ireland. Just beyond Kells, lies its twin village of Connor, linked with it in history and the site of a fierce battle between Edward Bruce with an army of six thousand men, who had just come ashore at Larne from Scotland and met the Earl’s troops. After receiving reinforcements, Bruce marched south after destroying another large army led by Roger Mortimer on a site near Kells. Bruce, after more victories, was crowned King of Ireland in 1316 at Dundalk.