In my last post I mentioned I would be posting a more focused piece about Muckross Abbey. Well, here it is. In keeping with the nature of this blog, I will be minimising the words and trying to let the photos do the talking.
The Franciscan friary of Irrelagh, now known as Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor.
It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, it is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree (said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey) and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches.