Holy Orders 1100-1500

Between c.1100 and 1500 roughly 400 new abbeys, priories and friaries were established across Ireland. These accommodated men and women who lived communally according to particular religious rules, the origins of which lay in Continental Europe. They were responsible for the introduction of new ways of pursuing religious life, social provision and land management. They also established a form of architectural planning designed for a communal life of work and prayer and became an important conduit for new artistic ideas into Ireland.

Here are some examples of Monasteries & Abbeys that were built during this period

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

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An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the province of Connacht and is now a national monument. It was established in 1161 [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922019-06-25T18:08:19+00:00

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2019-06-25T19:34:31+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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The ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croke Patrick  Murrisk Abbey in County Mayo was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 14562019-06-25T19:45:46+00:00

Clare Abbey, Ennis. County Clare 1195

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The 1st, largest and one of the most important Augustinian houses in Ireland Clare Abbey was founded in 1195 and is situated on an elevated site beside the Fergus River. This was the [...]

Clare Abbey, Ennis. County Clare 11952019-06-25T21:18:59+00:00

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

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Burrishoole Friary, Newport, County Mayo This national monument is the beautiful ruin of Burishoole Abbey. It was founded by Sir Richard de Burgo for the Dominican order in 1469, who resigned his lordship and entered [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here2019-06-21T10:25:57+00:00

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 1180

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Includes one of Ireland's first Gothic arches & Game of Thrones location Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affreca in 1180 as an act [...]

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 11802019-06-26T06:41:36+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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Ireland's first and most important Cistercian Abbey Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-26T16:49:20+00:00

Hore Abbey, Cashel. County Tipperary 1266

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Paranoid dreams of killer monks, Benedictines and Yew trees Hore Abbey is located in a beautiful setting underneath in a field under the watchful eye of the Rock of Cashel in co. Tipperary. [...]

Hore Abbey, Cashel. County Tipperary 12662019-06-27T06:23:48+00:00

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th century

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One of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centres. St Ciaran was a young preacher [...]

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th century2019-06-27T06:51:59+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

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William Marshall, A great storm & One of the richest Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Wexford The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002019-06-27T10:35:41+00:00

Quin Abbey, Quin. County Clare 1433

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A former Norman castle, The Mac Namara's, Cromwell and interesting architectural features Quin Abbey is located in the village of Quin in co.Clare. It dates from 1433 and was built on the site [...]

Quin Abbey, Quin. County Clare 14332019-06-27T12:02:43+00:00

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 1135

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An Abbey with some of Ireland's finest early architecture founded by a great King Cong Abbey was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 11352019-06-27T12:04:55+00:00

Bective Abbey, Bective. County Meath 1147

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The most fortified Cistercian monastery in Ireland, Hugh de Lacy & Braveheart Bective Abbey is set in beautiful countryside beside a lovely old bridge over the River Boyne. It was founded in 1147 [...]

Bective Abbey, Bective. County Meath 11472019-06-27T13:40:22+00:00

St John’s Priory, Trim. County Meath 1202

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The Crutched Friars, Caring for the sick & St John's Priory St John's Priory is located on the outskirts of Trim in county Meath. It was founded 1202 by Bishop Simon deRochfort and [...]

St John’s Priory, Trim. County Meath 12022019-06-27T13:44:12+00:00

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century

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Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village The Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and [...]

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century2019-06-28T05:22:53+00:00

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century

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Clerics, Norman tombs & Beautiful medieval carvings This national monument is St Mary's Church located in the village of Gowran in county Kilkenny. The church was served by a college of clerics who [...]

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century2019-06-28T14:55:55+00:00

Dunbrody Abbey, Campile. County Wexford 1170

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One of Ireland's longest abbeys, A hedge maze & Strongbow's uncle Dunbrody Abbey is located in Campile in county Wexford. It was founded 1170 on the grounds of a former Cistercian monastery under [...]

Dunbrody Abbey, Campile. County Wexford 11702019-06-28T15:05:59+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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The first and most important Cistercian Abbey in Ireland Mellifont Abbey located in Tullyallen in co. Meath was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first and most important of Ireland's [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-29T06:36:51+00:00

Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown. County Kilkenny 1180

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Everyone was dying to get into this Abbey! Jerpoint Abbey is located just outside the beautiful village of Thomastown in co.Kilkenny. It was founded in 1180 as a Cistercian Abbey by the King [...]

Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown. County Kilkenny 11802019-06-29T08:41:37+00:00