Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey
Muckross, Kerry, Ireland.

According to legend, Donal McCarthy Mor founded Muckross Abbey after he heard beautiful ethereal music here.

Today, visitors can freely explore what remains of the mid-fifteenth century church, courtyard and cloister. A Yew tree, said to be as old as the abbey itself, also thrives in the grounds. But don’t be fooled by the sense of peace and tranquility you will experience while walking around the abbey during daylight hours. The ground has seen more violence and bloodshed than one would expect to hear of in a sacred space such as this, and restless souls do linger here.

In 1589, monks were forced to flee the abbey when it came under siege by soldiers enforcing the rule of Queen Elizabeth the first. All were captured, tortured and put to death in the grounds. In 1652 the monastery was raided and burnt by Cromwell’s army, and in 1698 the abbey was abandoned due to the banishment of Catholic orders. The land here is stained by murder and persecution, so little wonder that ethereal shouting and screaming has been heard echoing around the ruins when there has been nobody about.


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Muckross, Kerry, Ireland

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