The historic ruins of Monasterboice (Irish: Mainistir Bhuithe) are of an early Christian settlement in County Louth in Ireland, north of Drogheda. It was founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe who died around 521, and was an important centre of religion and learning until the founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142.
The round tower is about 28-metres tall, and is in very good condition, although it is not possible to go inside. The passage of time has laid down layers of earth so now the doorway is almost at ground level. The monastery was burned in 1097.
The 5.5-metre Muiredach's High Cross is regarded as the finest high cross in the whole of Ireland. It is named after an abbot, Muiredach mac Domhnaill, who died in 923 and features biblical carvings of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The North and West crosses are also fine examples of this kind of structure, but these have suffered much more from the effects of the weather. A copy of the main cross is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The name Monasterboice is a part-anglicization of the Irish name Mainistir Bhuithe meaning "monastery of Buithe". It was formerly anglicized as Monasterboye and Monasterboyse. Boice is the English version of the Latin name Boecius, which was adopted as the equivalent of the Irish Buithe.
Naomh Mairtin CLG
Monasterboice is home to Albion Rovers Football Club. The club has numerous facilities including 3 full size pitches, an all-weather pitch and 'Eddie's Place', a shop in memory of former Albion legend, Eddie Maher.
Bars and restaurants
There one bar and restaurant situated in Monasterboice. The "Monasterboice Inn", owned by the Donegan family. Arguably one of the best in Louth and one of the best in the province. Monasterboice Inn has fed many famous people like Lisa Kudrow of Friends and Rory Best of the IRFU. It is situated on the R132 right next to Naomh Mairtin football pitches.
There are two primary schools situated in Monasterboice, no post-primary schools and no third level institute. One primary school is situated in Harestown, Monasterboice called St. Patrick's National School. The second Primary school in Monasterboice is situated in Tenure. It is called Scoil Naomh Buithe. It is a mixed primary school and has 219 pupils.
Monsterboice is a mostly Roman Catholic village with a church in both Tenure and Harestown. Father Hickey and Father Mulvihil are the priests of these churches. Its in the diocese of Armagh and Eamon Martin is the archbishop of Armagh. Its clear to see that Monasterboice is predominantly Christian because of the very famous monastery and one of the most well kept high crosses in Ireland. Monasterboice is also home to other religions but to find a pace of worship you would have to leave Monasterboice.
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