Kells, County Antrim

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Kells
Irish: Na Cealla[1]
Population
District Mid and East Antrim
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BALLYMENA
Postcode district BT
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Antrim
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Kells (from Irish Na Cealla, meaning "the monastic cells/churches"[1]) is a village near Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, that also encompasses the neighbouring village of Connor (from Irish Coinnire, meaning "(wild-)dog oak-wood")[2] (Ulster-Scots: Connyer).[3] As such it is also known as Kells and Connor in which they share a primary school, library, development association etc. It is in Mid and East Antrim District Council. Kells and Connor had a population of 2,053 people (808 households) in the 2011 Census.[4]

An old stone bridge crosses the Kells Water, separating Kells from Connor.

A Christian settlement in Connor was established in 480AD and a Monastery in Kells in 500AD

History[edit]

There is much evidence, from written sources and archaeological material, that Connor was a sizeable, complex settlement in the Early Christian period, probably with monastic and secular elements coexisting. The church of the early monastic establishment at Connor was re-built as the cathedral of the medieval diocese of Connor and Kells. It was destroyed in the Confederate wars of the mid seventeenth century and replaced by the present Church of St Saviour early in the nineteenth century, its foundation stone for the church being laid in 1811 and the building consecrated in 1813. During in the Middle Ages, an Augustinian community was established at Kells nearby. This Augustinian Abbey survived into the early seventeenth century, but was burnt in 1641. Only one wall and some short runs of wall remain of the Abbey and these are now preserved in the grounds of Dinsmore's textile factory.

Connor was the site of a significant battle between the invading army of Edward Bruce and Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, on 9 September 1315. Following the defeat of the Anglo-Normans by the Scots army Connor was sacked.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Place Names of Northern Ireland. "Kells". Retrieved August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Place Names of Northern Ireland. "Connor". Retrieved August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Department of the Environment. "Carrickfergus Castle: Ulster-Scots translation" (PDF). Retrieved August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Kells/Connor". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Kells station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 

Coordinates: 54°48′36″N 6°13′12″W / 54.810°N 6.220°W / 54.810; -6.220