Bective Abbey is a national monument and was founded in 1147 by Murchad O Maeil-Sheachlainn, King of Meath, for the Cistercians. It was one of the earliest abbeys and is described as ‘the daughter’ of the more famous Mellifont. Hugh de Lacy, the famous and powerful Norman who built Trim Castle was buried here in 1195, but after a dispute it was transferred to St Thomas’ church in Dublin. Much of the building was altered in the 15th century for defense making it look more like a castle. It was also used in the movie ‘Braveheart’ as a location.

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