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Buildings of Ireland

13 April 2010

1139 – St Mary’s Abbey Chapter House, Mary’s Abbey, Dublin

In the early 1880s, seven feet beneath street level, the Chapter House of St Mary’s Abbey was rediscovered under a bakery. St Mary’s was a large Cistercian Abbey founded by the Benedictines in...

11 November 2009

1142 – Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary

Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It...

06 January 2010

1142 – Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

Mellifont was the first Cistercian monastery to be established in Ireland. Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, the monastery was consecrated in 1157 at a great national synod attended by seventeen bishops and...

31 December 2009

1150 – Baltinglass Abbey, Co. Wicklow

Baltinglass Abbey is one of the most important Cistercian abbeys of Leinster. and was founded in 1148 by Dermot McMurrough, king of Leinster. It was the second house to be colonised from Mellifont....

19 February 2010

1172 – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral is the Church of Ireland Cathedral for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. Its origins date to about 1038 when the Viking settlers constructed a cathedral on this site. The...

24 September 2009

1180 – Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim

One of the finest Norman castles in Ireland, Carrickfergus Castle is sited along the harbour front, controlling the seashore. Probably constructed by John de Courcey sometime around 1180, it is sited on a...

09 July 2010

1180 c. – Wexford Town Walls, Co. Wexford

Wexford began as a Viking town in the 10th century, when the “deep pool” provided a safe berthing place for longboats. The town of Veisafjörà°r (“Bay of the Mud Flats”) was thus established....

06 January 2010

1180c. – St. Mochta’s House, Louth, Co. Louth

St Mochta was a disciple of St Patrick, who established his abbey in Louth around 528, and also built an this stone house nearby, named Mochta’s House. The Abbey lasted through the centuries...

09 November 2012

1189 – Clare Abbey, Clarecastle, Co. Clare

Established by Donal Mor O’Brien in 1189, the abbey at Clarecastle, County Clare was the first, largest and most important Augustinian house in the region. When the charter was re-confirmed in 1461, the...