Kilcooley Abbey

The Cistercian abbey at Kilcooly was founded in 1182 by monks from Jerpoint and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St Benedict after Donal Mor O'Brien granted them land there.

Kilcooley Abbey

The Cistercian abbey at Kilcooly was founded in 1182 by monks from Jerpoint and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St Benedict after Donal Mor O'Brien granted them land there.
The abbey, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in 1445, is noted for a fine east window and fascinating medieval tombs.
The church lost its aisles and a new north transept and a tower were built.
From this time also date the two stone seats in the nave, one of them richly decorated.
In the chancel there are some good memorials including a very fine tomb-chest by Rory O'Tunney from c1526.
Today, the ruins sit on the private Kilcooley Estate, which is found in a tranquil area of County Tipperary, just 20km east of Thurles.

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Kilcooley
Thurles
Tipperary
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