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Though we were staying in Dublin, we took a tour that included a stop at the Monastic Settlement in Glendalough. The settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th Century.

The destruction of the settlement by English forces in 1398 left it a ruin, but it continued as a church of local importance and a place of pilgrimage.

The present remains in Glendalough tell only a small part of its story. In it's heyday, the monastery included workshops, areas for manuscript writing and copying, guest houses, an infirmary, farm buildings, and dwellings for both monks and a large lay population. The buildings which survive probably date from between the 10th and 12th centuries.