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Muckross Abbey, Killarney

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Located in Killarney National Park, the historical Muckross Abbey is known for its long-standing structure and central courtyard. You'll notice that the abbey, founded in 1448, has been well preserved, although much of it is roofless now. Stroll the courtyard, which is surrounded by a vaulted cloister and features a giant yew tree. Over the years, three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O'Donoghue, Aodhagan O'Rathaille, and Eoghan Rua O'Suilleabhain, were buried here. Explore the ruins of the site, which were reconstructed several times after attacks. Consider adding a trip to the nearby Muckross House to your itinerary for the day. Put Muckross Abbey at the forefront of your travel plans using our Killarney trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is a logical stop if you visit Muckross house and Torc waterfall. The ruined cloister surrounds a very old tree: definitely striking!  more »
  • We took a bike ride through muckcross park and came about the Abbey ..couldnr believe our look great for a stroll through and it's kept in great condition  more »
  • A bit of a sad tale behind it but amazing beauty. It truly takes you back in time. The tour guide brought it to life.  more »
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  • 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
  • Historical place, reminding about the pass. Well preserved and maintained.
  • One of my favorites places to visit. It is in ruin but very intact. You can still climb the stairs to the second level, lots of details survive on the walls and architecture. Set in the most beautiful countryside to walk. I highly recommend put this on the list of things to see. I much prefer the abbey to Muckross House. You can also hire a horse and buggy to take you there if you don't want to walk.
  • A must see of the Killarney national park. Just a small walk from the Muckross House.
  • This was our favorite abbey ruins in Ireland. The Rock of Cashel is much more visually impressive, but Muckross Abbey is in better condition and gives you a much better feel for what it would have been like for the monks to live there. It's also free to access and you can explore the entire ruins inside and out. The yew tree in the center of the abbey is near 600 years old. Incredible site.