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History of the Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long histoyr stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. Founded in Ypres, Belgium, in 1665, the house was formally made over to the Irish nation in 1682. The purpose of the Abbey at Ypres was to provide an education and religious community for irish women during times of persecution here in Ireland. Down through the centuries, Ypres Abbey attracted the daughters of the Irish nobility, both as students and postulants, an enjoyed the patronage of many influential Irish families living in exile. At the request of King James II the nuns moved to Dublin in 1688. However, they returned to Ypres following James defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The Community finally left Ypres after their Abbey was destroyed in the early days of World War I. The Community first took refue in England and later in Co Wexford, before eventually settling in Kylemore in December 1920. At Kylemore, the nuns reopened their international boarding school and established a day school for local girls. They also ran a farm and guesthouse. The guesthouse was closed after a fire in 1959.

  • Last visit to Kylemore: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    I am sorry to say that this village of Kylemore has nothing to do with the Kylemore Abbey, both are in a distance of 120miles from each other . K. Abbey is 70 miles north-west of Galway city and Kylemore village is 50 miles south-east of Galway

    • lina112's Profile Photo
      Feb 24, 2016 at 1:04 PM

      I know but it was the closest to write about it.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Hi, Lina! You have seen all those nice places... Good for you! ><><><><

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2006 at 12:41 PM

    This looks a lovely spot Lina


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