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March 27, 2007
St. Kevin's Church better known as St. Kevin's Kitchen is a nave-and-chancel church from the 12th century. It has traditionally been associated with having been built by St. Kevin as an oratory. It has a small round tower over the west doorway. The roof is a remarkable corbelled stone, and is supported by the wall of a small chamber above the nave of the church. The round tower, and belfry, was added to the church after the original construction. Only the foundations still remains of the chancel, and beside it is the stone-roofed sacristy. The church is located just below the graveyard area at Glendalough. It can be seen from a good distance from the bridge near the visitor center and along the lake walk path.
The church is approachable from all side from the lake walk path and the graveyard area. On occasion the gated door is opened and you can go inside to see the stone roof and walls. It is fairly weather tight inside and stone details fallen from around the monastic complex are stored there. Good photo opportunities from the hill above capture the mountains in the background and surrounding trees. On a foggy morning the mist hangs on the hillside making for a nice image. Photos from below can capture the round tower and other ruins.
From journal Co. Wicklow
St Kevin’s Cell is situated amid trees on a spur of rock overlooking the upper lake at Glendalough near a small stream winding through the trees. The walk to the upper lake from Glendalough pretty much ends at this point. It is over a 20 minute walk at a reasonable pace. Most of the walk is over fairly level ground with the abrupt climb to reach the cell being more difficult. The cell appears to be the remains of a circular hut made of stones and measuring about 12 feet across. The wall is about 3 feet thick, and was probably a beehive hut.
St. Kevin allegedly lived here for about four years in almost total isolation. He did have a good view of the lake below through the trees. This is a good spot for a panoramic picture if you have that function on your camera. It is especially nice on a sunny day or early in the morning if the mist is still on the hill on the other side of the lake. It is a healthy climb up to the cell, but the path is in good shape and there are stairs for part of the way. There were no gravestones along the trail, so we assume that most people make it to the top. It would probably be quite slippery in the rain and parts of the path could turn to mud.