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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 neat church ruin near Killarney. It is about a 10 minute walk from Muckross House and worth the time to visit. 
  • Nice castle with nice viewpoints however the castle itself is closed off (maybe because they are doing work) so you can't see inside :/ 
  • Stunning Abbey - larger than you imagine from the photos with such a fascinating history. It's well maintained, and it felt like you were stepping back in time. Well worth a small detour.