i would to present to those who have not heard of Skellig Michael, to what in my opinion is one of the most enigmatic places in the world.
"Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, is an island (the larger of the two Skellig Islands) in the Atlantic Ocean, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula
in County Kerry, Ireland"
"A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century, and was continuously occupied until its abandonment in
the late 12th century. The remains of this monastery, along with most of the island itself, were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in
Skellig Michael was uninhabited prior to the foundation of its monastery. Folklore holds that Ir, son of Milesius, was buried on the island, and a
text from the 8th or 9th century states that Duagh, King of West Munster, fled to "Scellecc" after a feud with the Kings of Cashel, although it is not
known whether these events actually took place.
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.
The site had been dedicated to Saint Michael by at least 1044 (when the death of "Aedh of Scelic-Mhichí" is recorded), however this dedication may
have occurred as early as 950, around which time a new church was added to the monastery (typically done to celebrate a consecration) which was called
Saint Michael's Church.
The monastery remained continuously occupied until the 12th or 13th century. During this time, the climate around Skellig Michael became colder and
more prone to storms, and this, along with changes to the structure of the Irish Church, prompted the community to abandon the island and move to the
abbey in Ballinskelligs.
I have often wondered what kind of lives the men who inhabited this island for centuries endured. It is thought the island was quite undisturbed until
the Viking raids of around 800-900ad. I imagine they survived on mainly fish other than voyages to the mainland. Certainly somewhere i would love to
visit in the near future!
What do you all think of it?
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