Macreddin's long history
Macreddin’s name commemorates Credin, a local sixth century chieftain. According to the ancient Vita Sancti Coemgeni (Life of St Kevin), Credin was killed by his enemies and restored to life by St Kevin of nearby Glendalough.
Drawn by the area’s beauty and remoteness, Kevin founded a monastery that became renowned across Ireland and beyond. Over the centuries, this locality became prestigious enough to return two members to the Irish House of Commons.
Although its eminence faded during the nineteenth century, Macreddin’s natural beauty is as striking today as it was during the miraculous era of St Kevin.