There seems little doubt that the early Pre-Christian habitants of Ireland were of a particularly discerning nature and made their abode in the parts of the country where the scenery was at its most beautiful and the harvest from land and water at its most bountiful.

The famous Saint Kevin found this out to his cost when he arrived to the Macreddin district to establish his fifth century monastery and discovered a chief of some importance named Credin had already taken up residence. In the ancient manuscript - “The Latin Life of Kevin”, it is described how Credin was killed by his enemies and miraculously brought back to life by the Saint.

The Macreddin District grew into an area of great importance, housing a garrison of troops and at one stage sending two members to the Irish House of Commons, before slowly slipping into decline in the late nineteenth century.

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