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The present day church stands on the site of an ancient ecclesiastical settlement established by Saint Columba in 574. In its heyday it would have ranked with his other great monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells, and a few tangible remains of the Columban legacy still exist. W.B. Yeats' great grandfather was rector here in the early years of the last century. Standing nearby the church, we have one of the finest Celtic crosses - over a thousand years old - to be found anywhere in Ireland. Further information is available in the local visitors centre.