MUCKROSS ABBEY

From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)

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Description of County Kerry | O'Connell Chapel, Cahirciveen | Muckross Abbey | Brickeen Bridge, Killarney | Glena Cottage, Killarney | Derrycunnihy Cottage, Killarney | Kenmare Convent | Kerry Map

MUCKROSS ABBEY, KILLARNEY.—From its scenic surroundings, being built on an arm of one of the Lakes of Killarney, the remains of Muckross Abbey are among the most interesting of any in Ireland. The beautiful and secluded spot was selected by "the Monks of old," as an ideal place for a holy life of meditation and prayer. The Abbey was erected on the site of an ancient church which was destroyed by fire in 1192. It was built for the Franciscan monks, by one of the McCarthys, Princes of Desmond, in 1440, but according to the Annals of the Four Masters, the most reliable authority, a century earlier. It was repaired in 1602, and also in 1626. It is to-day in a fair state of preservation. Within the choir is a huge vault containing the tombs of the McCarthys Mor, and of the O'Donoughes of the Glens whose descendants were interred there as late as 1833.

Muckross Abbey, Kerry

Muckross Abbey

Description of County Kerry | O'Connell Chapel, Cahirciveen | Muckross Abbey | Brickeen Bridge, Killarney | Glena Cottage, Killarney | Derrycunnihy Cottage, Killarney | Kenmare Convent | Kerry Map

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