The Nendrum Monastery is a Christian monastery on Mahee Island near Comber in County Down (Northern Ireland). In ruins, this monastery would date from the 5th century, and would have been founded by Mochaoi, a disciple of Saint Patrick. A fascinating site, to be discovered for lovers of old stones!
Although the dating of the Nendrum Monastery is still controversial in scientific circles, the building has managed to preserve itself from time. Although in ruins, its foundations suggest the original state of the monastery.
Thus, according to the researchers, Nendrum not only included living buildings for the monks, but also orchards, gardens, pastures, cultivated fields, and a guesthouse to accommodate important guests.
These discoveries were only made possible after archaeological excavations carried out by HC Lawlor between 1922 and 1924. Many objects were found there, and are currently on display in the Ulster Museum. (among them a bell, as well as engraved stones).
For the visit, you will have free access to the monastery, with the instruction not to enter inside the ruins (for security reasons and for the preservation of the monastery). The site is magnificent, placed in a bucolic environment. Among the main things to see are the remains of a round tower, dry stone walls, a ruined church with a sundial, and a small cemetery.