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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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  • Yet another piece of history on the medieval mile in Kilkenny. This is not a giant building like some of the other churches in the city, but still should be visited out of respect for Kilkenny's prese...  more »
  • Not necessarily the place the more touristy or more valued, yet this small Abbey is well worth a visit during your stay in Kilkenny. Lots of charm, especially inside thanks to the stained glass windows that let in the light within the building.
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  • As Americans currently staying a year in Kilkenny, we have visited this beautiful church many times for mass. Very historic and close to the downtown area. Pop in for a short look or better yet, atten...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Really cool church. The stained glass alone makes a visit worthwhile.
  • A peaceful place in Kilkenny to sit and enjoy the light coming through the stained glass window, the largest in Ireland. It also contains several stone coffins from the 13th and 14th centuries and was founded in 1225.
  • nice place, inside is better. but i love black stones. every one is different