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Moor Abbey , County Tipperary

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Moor Abbey, Co. Tipperary
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Located in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow, looking out to the stunning Galtee Mountains are the ruins of Moor Abbey.

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This Franciscan friary was founded in the 13th century by Donnchad Móir Ó Briain, King of Thomond (1210-1242). Historical evidence suggests that in 1471 a new church was constructed at the site, but that the following year it was destroyed by fire. The buildings that survive today date from this period.

The church consists of a nave and chancel, separated by a tall bell-tower. In the chancel is a double piscina for washing liturgical vessels. Beside the doorway in the north wall of the chancel is a stoup which contained holy water that would have served the friars entering the church from the sacristy which formerly stood to the north.

In 1541 the friary was dissolved and later became the property of John Fitzgerald, brother of the Earl of Desmond. In 1569, during a rebellion led by the Earl of Desmond, the abbey was burned by government soldiers led by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, originally from Devon and a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. The following year Fr. Dermot O’Mulrooney and two other friars returned to the friary, but were murdered by government forces.

The south east of Ireland has many Abbey’s such as this one, Moor Abbey however is top of my personal list. I love a visit here , the Abbey is well kept and the location is just wonderful to spend some time in.

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14 responses

  1. Such a fine image. Wish I was there.

    January 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    • Hello Donald 🙂

      You would be welcome anytime 🙂 🙂

      January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

  2. b.

    Pero que bonita 🙂

    January 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    • Hello Thank you !!!

      Very happy you like this old place 🙂 🙂

      January 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

  3. I’ve never seen an abbey with a belltower like this, Nigel! – surely it must be very unusual?

    January 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    • Hello M. 🙂

      Thank you for this comment 🙂

      They are very common here to be honest , I think a lot of the old towers were living spaces. I am not sure if the bells were kept in them at all.

      I have seen a lot of the church bells just houses in an opening above the gable end of the church, above the main doors.

      The towers were living and study areas for the priests.

      January 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

  4. I love all the greens growing on it. Symbiosis. Also the word “nave” does it for me. Cheers!

    January 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    • Hello Elen 🙂

      Thats great and yes the old terms are just brilliant 🙂 🙂 🙂

      January 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

  5. lyonsroarforgod

    Definitely adding this to my next Ireland “to visit” list. 🙂

    January 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

    • Hello 🙂 🙂

      Its a great place to visit, and great as the area around it is just wonderful too !!


      January 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

  6. You bring Ireland alive – Like the history and the photos

    January 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

  7. Wonderful lighting and perspectives Nigel.

    January 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

  8. Ajaytao2010

    Your pictures all of them are always like I am looking at a picture postcard

    they are perfect and extremely well balanced in every way , I learn a lot from them dear Nigel so you are my silent teacher

    Thank you dear

    February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

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