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The biggest of several so-called “holy islands” on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Devenish Island is home to one of the finest monastic sites in Northern Ireland.

The settlement was founded by St. Molaise in the 6th Century and at one point during the early Christian period the site, on a pilgrims’ route to Croagh Patrick across the border in County Mayo, became so important that it had 1,500 novices attached to it.

It became a renowned centre of learning but was raided by Vikings in 837 and, sadly, burned to the ground in 1157. However, the site was later reborn as the parish church and St. Mary’s Augustinian Priory, known for its fine Gothic sacristy door.

The walls of the oratory of St. Molaise and a round tower, thought to date back to the 12th Century and in near-perfect condition, remain on the island. There is also an unusual 15th century high cross and numerous intriguing old gravestones and, if you’re feeling brave, you can venture up one of four ladders to the top of the tower to take a look out of its five tiny windows.

Some of the treasures found on the island, including an 11th century book shrine, are now kept at the National Museum in Dublin. Other less notable pieces, along with exhibits on Devenish’s colourful history, can be seen in the island’s own small museum.

The island can be reached by ferry from Trory Point, three miles south of Enniskillen, off the A32 Irvinestown Road.

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