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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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  • We were made to go here by our B n B hosts and sent across the road to start our walk in. It is an absolute must and is free entry. Compared to some places you pay entry into, this is wonderful. We we...  more »
  • I believe the abbey can be reached from Muckross House; however, we chose to drive to it. It is just down the road from Muckross House. This is a wonderful little abbey with so many angles and perspec...  more »
  • Enjoyed a short visit on the way to Muckross House. Scenic view of the Abby and graveyard across the grass. Quiet and peaceful and in a fantastic location.  more »
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  • Please be sure to explore the gravesites here and the Yew tree. Go up the stairs, spend time here and listen to the wind blow and please enjoy the beauty of this ruin. I wish I had the money to own and refurbish it back to its former study beauty. It was remarkable to walk among the grounds - please take much more time here to hear the beautiful whispers in the wind.
  • A visit is a must. The landscape around is wonderful
  • Very interesting and beautiful place! Totally worth a walk on a rain
  • 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.