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Boyle Abbey, Boyle

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Boyle Abbey was the first successful foundation in Connacht of the Cistercian order which had opened its first Irish house at Mellifont, County Louth, in 1142.HistoryIn the 12th century Malachy of Armagh became aware of two new monastic orders in France, the Cistercians and the Cannons Regular of St. Augustine and he decided to introduce both orders to Ireland in an effort to reform the old Irish church which, both morally and organizationally, had fallen out of line with much of the rest of Christian Europe.The first Cistercian Abbey was founded at Mellifont, Co. Louth. St. Malachy made arrangements that young aspirant Irish men who want to become Cistercians should be trained in St. Bernard’s own monastery of Clairvaux or one of its daughter houses.The Cistercians wanted to found an abbey in Moylurg as a daughter house of Mellifont and they did try to find a suitable place. They tried Grellachdinach and Drumcunny. By 1148 the Celtic monastery of ATH-DA-LARAG had either very few monks or none at all. So Taoiseach McGreevy, a local chieftain, negotiated and gave the Celtic monastery of ATH-DA-LARAG in “pure free and perpetual alms” to the Cistercians. The Cistercians were welcomed and given land grants of about 50000acre scattered west of the River Shannon in 27 out-farms called granges. The Cistercians respected their Celtic monastic buildings. They did not demolish them, but joined their own buildings onto the original ones at ATH-DA-LARAG.
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  • We were just in Boyle on a day trip from Dublin by train, leaving at 11.05 a.m. and we got the 6.34 p.m. train back. We visited the Abbey, entrance for seniors was €4. There is glass protecting one si...  more »
  • Very quaint and comfortable. Christina the host was very nice and the beds were very comfortable. Very good breakfast.  more »
  • When in Boyle, whether visiting or just in transit, the Abbey ruin is well worth a visit....a glorious historic past being well managed and making it attractive to the present day visitor  more »
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  • This is a nice little abbey with some features that you don't necessarily see in other ruins. They have reinforced one of the church walls, and in doing so created a glass enclosure replicating what that side of the structure was likely to have appeared. There is some good interpretive material as well, and those staffing the site were very informative and enthusiastic.
  • Nearly 900 years old. Makes some impresion.
  • Great example of its eara
  • We found this by accident on our way to something else, but I'm so glad we did, it was beautiful and so much fun to wander around in.
  • Lovely historical site with informative plaques and maps. Knowledgeable tour guide too