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Cistercian abbeys

30 November 2012

1193 – Grey Abbey, Greyabbey, Co. Down

Grey Abbey was founded in 1193, by John de Courcy’s wife, Affreca as a daughter house of Holmcultram Abbey in Cumbria. Dissolved in 1541, in the early 17th century it was granted to...

09 October 2012

1190 – Knockmoy Abbey, Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway

The Cistercian Abbey of Knockmoy was founded in 1189-90 by the King of Connacht (Cathal Crovdearg O Connor, who was buried there in 1244) in the years 1189-1190. Knockmoy is rare in that...

01 October 2010

1445 – Kilcooly Abbey, Co. Tipperary

Originally built around 1200, complete destruction of the abbey in 1445 led it its rebuilding. The main part of the abbey consists of the Entrance Chamber, the Church, the Tower and the Sacristy....

25 May 2010

1450 – Bective Abbey, Bective, Co. Meath

Bective Abbey is a Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne, founded by Murchad O’Maeil-Sheachlainn in 1147 as a ‘daughter house’ of Mellifont Abbey. It is in a remarkable state of preservation. The buildings...

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...

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....

12 November 2009

1475 – Holycross Abbey, Co. Tipperary

A medieval Cistercian monastery, Holy Cross Abbey was a place of great medieval pilgrimage, and with the Reformation, also a rallying-point for the dispossessed and victims of religious persecution. Following the Cromwellian war,...

11 November 2009

1272 – Hore Abbey, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Hore Abbey is a ruined Cistercan monastery near the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. Hore Abbey is distinctive among Irish Cistercian monasteries in that the cloister lies to the north....

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