Skryne tower, 15th-century church
|Elevation||135 m (443 ft)|
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Skryne, officially Skreen (from Irish: Scrín Cholm Cille, meaning "Colm Cille's shrine, or originally called The Hill of Acaill"), is a village with a population of 1403 (Census 2006), situated on and around a hill between the N2 and N3 national primary roads in County Meath, Ireland. It is situated on the far side of the Gabhra valley from the Hill of Tara. This valley is sometimes referred to as the Tara-Skryne Valley. The Hill of Skryne is higher than the neighbouring Hill of Tara. About 1170 Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath granted Skryne to Adam de Feypo, whose descendants used the customary title Baron Skryne. A 15th-century church, known locally as Skryne tower or The Steeple, remains in good condition at the top of the hill and is visible from a large area of Meath. At the foot of the tower is a pub and stables that feature in the Guinness "white Christmas" television advertisement.
The Gaelic football club, Skryne GFC, is the most successful in Meath Senior Football Championship history and have never been relegated from senior level in the Keegan Cup. The club also has had at least one player on every Meath team that has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. They have been county champions on thirteen occasions, most recently in 2010, when they defeated Seneschalstown in the final, coming back four times from Seneschalstown goals to win by 0-21 to 4-8.
Carved effigy of Saint Colmcille
- "Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Placenames Database of Ireland: Skreen/an Scrín
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