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When Enda returned to Ireland after many years, he set about building a church in the walled town of Drogheda. He then set off by boat once again, this time for the Aran Islands. The wild, barren islands were perfect for Enda’s plan, which was to found a religious community. The monastery of Enda (or Kill-Enda, which is today known as Killeany) is believed to have been the first such monastery in Ireland.

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