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The Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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The Black Abbey represents a Catholic monastery of the Dominican order built in 1225, and it also serves as the local church of Killkenny. Its name derives from the "black friars," an old English nickname for Dominicans. Join the locals for religious observance, or visit between services to view the building. The old structure impresses with highly detailed stained glass throughout. Brochures describing the history of this important church are available for purchase. Check the mass schedule online before you go; doors may be locked during services. Plan to visit The Black Abbey during your Kilkenny vacation using our convenient Kilkenny trip itinerary planner.
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  • Se stumbled upon the Black Abbey and what a delight! We were able to go inside. Off the beaten path, but worth a stop.  more »
  • This Dominican Abbey was founded in 1225 by the Earl of Pembroke. Has some beautiful stonework and magnificent stained glass windows. It has a tower and at the entrance there is a series of monumental...  more »
  • A lovely church with magnificent stained glass windows. The colours and details are incredible. Some of the windows date back to the original structure.  more »
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  • There are many many old cathedrals in the area and this may be one of the older ones but it wasn't anything particularly remarkable. The stained glass was nice but St Canice Cathedral is right down the street and has one of the oldest tallest towers in the country and the only one that lets you climb to the very top.
  • The stained-glass is impressive. So well preserved.
  • Worth a wander-around, even if you don't go inside. Beautiful architecture and windows, and within walking distance of several other attractions.
  • Culture and history. Beautiful! Still don't understand how the Church don't support the project to improve the structure. They're trying to get funds from private businesses/particular👎
  • This appears to be very popular tourist attraction as it was full of visitors when I arrived. The big advantage is that there is no entrance fee, but you may leave a donation if you wish. The second advantage is that you get to see some really beautiful windows. The Black Abbey of Kilkenny is a Catholic priory of the Dominican Order, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Black Abbey was established in 1225 as one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland. Immediately behind the altar is a large stained glass window known as the "Rosary Window", which is composed of five "lights" or great vertical panels, and is the largest stained glass window in Ireland. The window in question was crafted in 1892 by Mayers of Munich, and depicts the Mysteries of the Rosary.