Abbeys & Friaries

The old Irish monasteries did not belong to any recognized religious order, In the 12th & 13th centuries however a number of well-known continental orders were introduced by St. Malachy of Armagh to spear head church reform. In came the Augustinians, the Cistercians, the Benedictans, the Dominicans and eventually the Franciscans. What was common to the abbeys of these new orders was an architectural lay-out of continental origin whereby a church stood tall on one side of an open rectangular cloister with the other 3 sides being occupied by a chapter-house, a refectory (or kitchen) and the domestic quarters for the monks. Many were looted or destroyed during King Henry VIII’s Reformation and again during the Cromwellian period of destruction.

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

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

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

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

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