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Mellifont Abbey, Drogheda
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  • While driving around Drogheda we came across the very ancient Abbey originally built in 1142. It has such a fascinating history including William the Orange using the Abbey during the Battle of Boyne ...  more »
  • Here you can run wonderfully through the ancient ruins that are absolutely worth seeing. A worthwhile goal.
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  • Difficult to find - down a narrow road. Mostly demolished but worth a visit. Some restoration work being carried out. 
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  • Mellifont is just far enough from the larger roads to usually be quite quiet. I have been here many times before, and there has never been a crowd - at most a few other couples. The site is picturesque and the 'Lavabo' is the most photographed aspect of the site, but a later insertion, there is so much more to see. Although a lot is in very ruinous state, there are a myriad of buildings from the historic phases of the site - evern stone lined coffins can be seen. Mellifont is a Cistercian monastic site beside the Mattock River. Mellifont Abbey (from Fons Mellis meaning honey fountain) was founded in 1142 by St. Malachy and was the first house of the Cistercian order in Ireland, although the ruins currently visible are multi-phase and are perhaps most famous for the octagonal ‘Lavabo’. The Synod of Kells-Mellifont took place in AD 1152, under the presidency of Cardinal Paparoni, and continued the process begun at the Synod of Rathbreasail of reforming the Irish church. The consecration of the church took place in 1157 recorded in the Annals of Ulster: “The successor of Patrick (namely, the archbishop of Ireland) consecrated the church of the Monks [of Mellifont, near Drogheda, in presence of the clergy of Ireland, that is, of the Legate and of Ua Osein and of Grenne and of the other bishops and in presence of many of the laity, around Ua Lachlainn, that is, around the king of Ireland and Donnchadh Ua Cerbaill and Tigernan Ua Ruairc].” (Bambury & Beechinor, 2000).
  • Even though a lot of the original buildings are in ruins, there's still a fair amount to see here. You definitely get a decent understanding of what the site may have looked like and how it was laid out. If you can get a guided tour, you'll get a lot more out of the visit because there are some really interesting stories about the site.
  • This is the site of the first Cistercian abbey in Ireland, which makes it worth the visit. However, there's not a ton to see, as it was destroyed to build a mill on the site. However, there are a few unique structures that are worth checking out, like the bit of remaining cloister wall, which has some ornate arches.
  • beautiful place full of 12th century (and later) architecture and history
  • Good place to visit... It's usually quiet and a bit hard to get to though