Tuesday, July 10, 2018

small cells of Killybegs

Killybegs in Irish is ‘Na Cealla Beaga’, meaning ’small cells’ which refers to the small cells built by monks who once lived in the area.  There is now a monument in the shape of little cells erected in a field at the entrance to the village (from the Donegal Town side) commemorating this piece of history.

Info courtesy of We Love Donegal website



the cells even have windows on the side


linking to Tuesday's Treasures

40 comments:

  1. Interesting structures. I had not,previously heard of them.

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  2. ...beautiful and interesting bit a history. Bill I invite you to link to Tuesday's treasures today! 😀

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  3. Are these cells living quarters for monks? Instead of living in a monastery? Why are they different sizes?

    God bless.

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    1. They are replicas of cells that the monks built centuries ago. I don't know why the sizes are different. Maybe the head monk had the big cell but nobody knows.

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  4. They look very nice like little dot caps in the field.

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  5. Interesting. Molded after beehives?

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  6. Imagine back then, not the tools, machines to cut through stone . . .
    To plan, shape, prepare, build . . .
    Interesting . . . this monument which has been build to recognize that time of long ago,
    of small cells of killybegs.

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  7. They are amazing structures!
    Thank you for sharing Ireland with us by your wonderful photos Bill~

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  8. Never heard of them! They look so cute - like elves would live in them :)

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  9. Not sure I'd want to live in one of those

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  10. Must be time for another visit, last was 2015!

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  11. oh my gosh I have never heard of these,, did they actually live in them? This is my first visit to your blog and I have joined to follow your adventures!

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  12. Hi Bill, what cute little abodes. In South Africa, they would be turned into accommodation! Have a great day. Jo

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  13. Interesting historical site and monumental cells made in neatly arrangement of rocks! Lovely captures

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  14. Yes I can see monks living in these Bill, their needs were simple. This is a lovely reminder of the past.

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  15. So interesting. They look like a type of kiln.
    MB

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  16. I love your header, as well as these. Very cool!

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  17. I bet they are nice and cozy inside.

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  18. Glad you posted them Bill. Wonderful!

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  19. Wonderful images. I wonder if they were used for meditating and praying.

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  20. It must have been quite a thing to build them.

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  21. Cells for living in, isolation or time outs? They are interesting looking!

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    1. The monks supposedly lived in them, I have no idea why.

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  22. Such simple living! Wonderful structures, Bill!

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  23. An interesting piece of history.

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  24. Interesting to think they would live in them.

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  25. That's what I'd call austere living!

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  26. Those are just amazing, Bill....and to think they lived in them?! I can't imagine. Diana

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  27. Interesting! They remind me of igloos. I imagine the style is pretty strong, arch-like.

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  28. Hi Bill.

    What beautiful Bill.
    Nicely built.

    Groettie from Patricia.

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  29. Very interesting! If I was asked what they were, I would have said "kilns."

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  30. Fascinating history recreated! Lovely shots.

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  31. Can't have been a very good place to spend time.

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