"Jerpoint Abbey" Ireland Off The Beaten Path Tip by TRimer

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  Jerpoint Abbey
by TRimer

The huge ruin of Jerpoint Abbey, a few miles from Thomastown, is one of the finest Cistercian sites in Ireland with beautifully carved cloisters and tombs. The Abbey's tower, which you can still climb up, also dates from the 15th century. The oldest part of the Abbey, the Chancel and transepts in the church, contain intriguing stone coffins with detailed carvings of their occupants or religious figures. Many of them from the Anglo-Norman House of Butler which patronized Jerpoint for many years and took over the site and its lands after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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