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The Abbey

Holy Cross Abbey in County Tipperary is a beautiful monastery church,
originally a Benedictine foundation but refounded by Cistercians in 1186, and now used by the local parish.
It is a fine example of 15th century architecture, with lovely cloisters which have been sympathetically restored, and it also purports to contain a relic of some significance - a fragment of the true cross.

From the Catholic Encyclopaedia:

"The relic of the Holy Rood, so long the object of the pilgrim's veneration, is said to have been bestowed on this monastery by one of the Plantagenet queens of England in gratitude for the kind services of the abbot of the time in having the remains of her son (who met his death in the neighbourhood of the abbey, while on a visit to Ireland) interred in the church. The erection of the tomb is ascribed to her, as also is the rebuilding of the abbey church, which surpassed anything of the kind in Ireland in its architectural splendour. Circumstances point to the fact that the young prince — "The good woman's son" — was no other than "Pierce the Fair", son of Isabella of Angouleme (widow of King John) by her second husband, Le Brun, Count of La Marche. He would therefore have been half-brother of Henry III of England. His death is recorded by the "Four Masters" as having occurred in Ireland, 1233."

  • Last visit to Holycross: Mar 1998
  • Intro Written Feb 17, 2006
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