Abbeyshrule Cistercian Abbey

Map Reference: N227589 (2227, 2589)

The abbey at Abbeyshrule was founded in 1200 by the O'Ferralls, the local Irish chieftains, and colonised by monks from Mellifont. There are remains of a rectangular church which may have had a S transept.

The eastern end of the church stands to full height and has a double lancet E window. The central dividing wall has had three vaulted recesses inserted. The central recess had been pierced by a pointed doorway. The structure appears to be, and may have served as, the base of a vaulted rood screen.

Everything is greatly overgrown making examination difficult. To the S is the ruin of a tall tower which may be a post-Reformation dwelling.

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Corcomroe, Co Clare Grey Abbey, Co Down Inch Abbey, Co Down Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway Duiske Abbey, Co Kilkenny Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny Monasteranenagh, Co Limerick Abbeylara, Co Longford Mellifont, Co Louth Bective, Co Meath Boyle, Co Roscommon Holy Cross, Co Tipperary Hore Abbey, Co Tipperary Kilcooly, Co Tipperary Dunbrody, Co Wexford Tintern, Co Wexford Baltinglass, Co Wicklow

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