Duleek, County Meath

Kieran Campbell / Tower of St. Mary's Church, Duleek

Duleek, County Meath

Duleek is a small town in County Meath, Ireland.

It is a good stop on any tours of Ireland.


The town began as an early Christian monastic settlement.

Saint Patrick established a bishopric here around 450 AD, and placed it in the care of Saint Cianán.


When the High King, Brian Boru, died in the battle of Clontarf, his body was interred in the church at Duleek.

Later the Kings remains were transferred to Armagh for permanent burial.


In the 12th Century Dullek became popular again with the building of Saint Cianans Church.

There was also an Augustinian Abbey.


The roadside cross commissioned in 1601 by Jennett Dowdall is also interesting.

It has virtually nothing in common with the Irish high crosses.

It incorporates more of a Continental influence.


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