|Scattery Island: The Monastic Settlement||
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Island is one of Ireland's most interesting island monasteries and owes
its origin in the first half of the sixth century to St Senan. Little
is known of the Saint's life in Scattery beyond the miracles recorded
and the fact that the rule of his monastery was austere in the extreme.
Apparently, no woman was allowed to live in or even land on the island.
Three years later the island was raided by Brian Boru, slaughtering between 600 and 800 people. The Danes of Dublin plundered it in 1057, those of Limerick in 1176 and an Englishman, William Hoel, three years later did not even spare the churches.
After the English took possession of the island they appointed a series of 'keepers' between 1280 and 1300. The reign of Elizabeth completed the destruction of the monastery; lying in full view of passing ships, the Government's orders concerning the suppression of monasteries could not be evaded.
Cathedral and Round Tower, 1939
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