Abbeys & Friaries

Augustinian, Cistercian, Franciscian, Benedictan

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins [...]

The first, largest and one of the most important Augustinian houses in Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Clare Abbey founded in 1195. it is situated on an elevated site beside the Fergus River and was the first, largest and most important Augustinian house in County Clare. It was founded [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

Burrishoole Friary is located in Newport. co.Mayo. It was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough and is now classified as a national monument. De Burgo was an ancestor of Risdeárd an Iarainn [...]

One of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland & the 7 wonders of Fore

The beautiful Fore Abbey is located in Fore, co. Westmeath. It was founded in 1180 by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy and is one of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland. The original church [...]

A round tower attached to a church & home of Diarmuid McMorrow

The Round Tower of St Mary's Abbey is located in Ferns. co. Wexford. It dates from the c.12th and stands 60 feet high. The first church at this location was founded in the 7th century [...]

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. It was founded in 1266 by the Benedictine's but it was [...]

William Marshall, A great storm & One of the richest Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland

The beautiful Tintern Abbey is located in Saltmills in co. Wexford. It was founded in c.1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Marshal had set sail for Ireland on his first visit as Lord [...]

A romantic love story with a sad ending & Benedictine nuns on the run

Kylemore Abbey is located in a beautiful glaciated valley in Connemara, co. Galway. It was built in 1871 as a private residence for Manchester Industrialists Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had come to this area [...]

A former Norman Castle, The MacNamara’s, Cromwell and significant architectural features

Quin Abbey is located in the village of Quin in co.Clare. It dates from 1433 and was built on the site of an earlier monastery (which burned down in 1278) and soon after a Norman [...]

An Abbey with some of Ireland’s finest early architecture founded by a great King

Cong Abbey is located in Cong, co. Mayo. This national monument was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor O'Connor in 1135. The Abbey contains some [...]

One of the most beautiful complete ruins in Ireland & Kissing St Francis

The Askeaton Franciscan Friary is located in the village of Askeaton beside the River Deel in co.Limerick. This National Monument is one of the most beautiful complete ruins in the country. It was founded in [...]

One of the best preserved medieval churches in Ireland

Adare Augustinian Friary is located in the historic village of Adare in co.Limerick. It was founded in 1316 and was formerly known as 'The Black Abbey' because of the black habits worn by the Augustinian [...]

A Fir Bolg King, Lighting fires & A friary on a hill

The Friary on The Hill of Slane is located just outside the village of Slane in co.Meath. This historic location was reputedly the location where the Fir Bolg King 'Sláine' is buried and also where [...]

The most fortified Cistercian monastery in Ireland, Hugh de Lacy & Braveheart

Bective Abbey is located in Bective in county Meath. This national monument was founded in 1147 by the King of Meath and was the second Cistercian abbey built after the more famous Mellifont Abbey. Hugh [...]

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 was was occupied by a branch of monks called 'The Crutched Friars' named [...]

An Abbey for the sick and the infirm & The Crutched Friars

The Abbey of St Mary d'Urso is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This national monument is Drogheda's oldest monastic site and is known as 'The old abbey' or 'The Hospital of St. Mary d’Urso' [...]

Howth, King Sitric & An abbey with a view

St Mary's Abbey is located in Howth in north county Dublin. Howth has strong Viking connections and it's name is derived from the old Norse name for 'Head'. King Sitric, the Norse Viking King of [...]

A Norman knight’s tomb, A 13th century abbey & An ogham stone

Thomastown is a beautiful small town located in county Kilkenny It was founded in the 13th century by an Anglo-Norman mercenary from Wales, Thomas FitzAnthony and replaced the the earlier Irish settlement of Grennan. The [...]

One of the longest abbeys in Ireland, 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 the instructions of Herve de Montmorency. Montmorency was Strongbow's uncle and when completed [...]

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 35 Cistercian abbeys. The term Cistercian derives from Cistercium, the Latin [...]

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 of Osraige and is notable for its imposing central tower [...]

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