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It is believed that the Vikings had settled in this area long before they settled in Wood Quay. What really made our area famous and gave the Kilmainham area its name was the monastery established by Saint Maigheann who had a church (Cill in Irish) and monastery. So now we have Cill Maighean or Kilmainham - the church of Maigheann.
In St. Michael's Church in Inchicore Fr. Michael O'Conner has a replica of St. Maigheann's bell. It is a heavy bell which is the same shape as St. Patrick's bell. This bell rings every Sunday in St. Michael's Church to remind us of the old saints who lived in our area and brought the faith to St. Michael's and to Kilmainham.
After the Vikings the Normans established a monastery on the same site near to where the Royal Hospital Kilmainham which was built by the Knights Hospitallers is now.
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