Innisfallen Island

Innisfallen Island, Killarney, County Kerry

Situated in the Heart of Killarney on Lough Leane, one of the Lakes of Killarney, Innisfallen Island is accredited to a monastery founded on the island in the 7th century by Saint Finian the leper. It is taught the name Lough Leane is accredited to the Island as it means the Lake of Learning. The island was occupied for over 800 years and over a period of 300 years the monks who inhabited the island wrote the Annals of Innisfallen which records life in early Christian Ireland.

The name Innisfallen comes from the Gaelic meaning Inis Faithlinn, meaning Faithlinn’s Island. It is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites dating back to early Christian age. In 1594 Elizabeth I evicted the monks from the Island.

The monastery on Innisfallen Island became a seat of learning. It is believed that Brian Boru (Bryan Boru) spent time studying here at Innisfallen Abbey as a young boy under the watchful mentoring of Maelsuthain O’Carroll, who was possible one of the originators of the Annals.

The remains on the island today include a Romanesque Church dating back to the 11th century, an Augustinian Priory dating back to the 12th century and an Oratory dating back to the 12th century. There are fairly extensive ruins of the Abbey to be seen on the island.

The island is accessible by boat during the summer months throughout the day.