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Skryne Church
Skreen Church
Skryne Tower
The Steeple
Scrín Choluim Chille
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53°35′09″N 6°33′47″W / 53.585946°N 6.563023°W / 53.585946; -6.563023Coordinates: 53°35′09″N 6°33′47″W / 53.585946°N 6.563023°W / 53.585946; -6.563023
Location Hill of Skryne, Skryne, County Meath
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Previous denomination Pre-Reformation Catholic
History
Founder(s) Francis de Feypo, Baron Skryne
Dedication St. Lawrence O'Toole
Relics held Columba (formerly)
Architecture
Years built 1341
Specifications
Length 36.3 m (119 ft)
Width 6.47 m (21.2 ft)
Nave width 6.47 m (21.2 ft)
Height 30 m (98 ft)
Number of floors 3
Floor area 235 m2 (2,530 sq ft)
Administration
Diocese Meath
Designations
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Skryne Church
Reference no. 109

Skryne Church is a ruined medieval church and National Monument in County Meath, Ireland.

Location

Skryne Tower Hill of Tara
Skryne Church viewed at sunset from the Hill of Tara.

Skryne Church is located atop the Hill of Skryne, 1.4 km (0.87 mi) northwest of Skryne village, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) east of the Hill of Tara.

History

A monastery named Achall (after the legendary Achall) was on this site at an earlier date. The shrine of Columba (Colm Cille) or maybe some of his relics, was brought here in the 10th century for safe keeping, so it acquired the name Scrín Choluim Chille (Colmcille's Shrine; from Latin scrīnium). The monastery was plundered at least six times by various raiders, but it continued to run even after the Norman conquest of Ireland. Adam de Feypo, first Baron Skryne, founded a church dedicated to Nicholas of Myra and endowed it upon his brother Thomas, who joined the Cistercians of St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin. St Mary's held Skryne up until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1534.

Skryne Church was built in 1341 as a house of Augustinians by Francis de Feypo, the last de Feypo Baron Skryne. The tower was added in the 15th century.

Church

The church is a nave and chancel with mural stairs to a rood screen and an arched tomb recess. A carving of a man is near the door, possibly Colm Cille. The bell tower is three storeys high and has a base-batter. It contains fragments of a baptismal font and a tomb slab. A medieval cross stands nearby.

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