Norm’s Thursday Doors : 16 Feb 2017


For this post, my title should be ‘where a door used to be’ as I am featuring some photos from Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park.

Muckross Abbey, Killarney

The archways in the Abbey at Muckross

This abbey was a Franciscan Friary and was first established in 1448,   The present  ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard.

In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey.

Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries the three Irish poets, Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain were also buried here. The graveyard in the grounds surrounding the Abbey is still in use with a number of burials there each year, and in the abbey itself there are vaults of some of the priests and monks buried there.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread
    Feb 16, 2017 @ 22:42:35

    I was there last September. Thanks for the memories. 🙂

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  2. Norm 2.0
    Feb 18, 2017 @ 14:11:18

    Just stunning – thanks for sharing these 🙂

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