Sunday, 10 September 2023

Sceilg Mhichíl

Besides of the importance of the early monastic complex, this island is also an important bird area. I like to watch birds but I can hardly identify them. 

Sceilg Mhichíl
This postcard was sent by Lea

Skellig Michael (IrishSceilig Mhichíl), or Great Skellig (IrishSceilig Mhór), is the larger of the two Skellig Islands, 11.6 kilometres (7.2 mi) west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Catholic monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until it was abandoned in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, and most of the island, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Skellig Michael
This postcard was sent from Germany by Klaus

The monastery's exact date of foundation is not known. The first definite reference to monastic activity on the island is a record of the death of "Suibhini of Skelig" dating from the 8th century; however, Saint Fionán is claimed to have founded the monastery in the 6th century. - in: wikipedia

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