Scattery Island Centre
Scattery Island is located on the Clare side of the Shannon Estuary, is associated with St Senan who founded a monastery here in the 6th century.
Scattery became an important and wealthy ecclesiastical settlement as a result of its strategic location near the mouth of the Shannon estuary where it could control maritime traffic approaching Ireland’s longest river. The monastery was plundered by the Vikings in 972, 1057 and 1101. The death of many of its abbots are recorded in the annals between 797 and 1095. The island appears to have been occupied by the Vikings around the 970s and it was attacked by Brian Boru in 977. It was plundered by the Anglo Normans of Limerick in 1176.
Despite the attacks the monastery continued to thrive and by the 12th century Inis Cathig had become a diocese in its own right. However, after the death of Bishop Aid O’Beachain in 1188 the island came under the jurisdiction of the diocese of Killaloe.