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Athassel Priory, Tipperary
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Athassel Priory is the largest medieval priory in Ireland, stretching over a four-acre site. The priory dates back to the late 12th century when it was founded by the Augustinians under the patronage of William de Burgh. William's grandson Hubert de Burgh, (or Burgo) later the Bishop of Limerick, was prior at Athassel c. 1221. The original buildings were altered and renovated over the next 300 years. The priory was burnt twice, once in 1329 by Brian King of Thomond and again in 1581 by John Fitzgerald of Desmond. A large town had grown up around the priory but was destroyed during the two raids. The Priory was finally dissolved in 1537 and the lands given to Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond who neglected the abbey and it subsequently fell into ruin.ArchitectureThe priory is accessed by a bridge and gate-lodge. Here the visitor can begin to note patterns that will be discerned throughout the site. The reconstruction and modification of the buildings is evident, often involving their ‘down-sizing’ to meet the needs of a smaller community. Nothing remains of the town that once surrounded the priory. The main aisle of the Priory was used in recent centuries as a burial ground. The now blocked up rood screen can be seen over the doorway in the centre. The walls are full of put-log holes, now ideal nest sites for dozens of jackdaws. These holes were used in construction to affix scaffolding-timbers.Burials Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster William de Burgh, died 1205, founder of the de Burgh/Burke/Bourke dynasty in Ireland
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  • Have been here many times and I find it a most beautiful spot, especially on a Spring day. It has a lovely setting and the place is wonderful for photographs. A hidden gem. 
  • These were among the most extensive ruins we visited. They were among our Top 3 along with Kilcooley and Jerpoint Abbeys. Hard to find place to park and gate was locked but you can squeeze through. 
  • It's an amazing place, quite well preserved too. It is not normally accessible to people: you have to climb a small wall and cross some fields in order to get there but it's a good worth. The wall to ...  more »
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  • It's an amazing place, quite well preserved too. It is not normally accessible to people: you have to climb a small wall and cross some fields in order to get there but it's a good worth. The wall to be climbed it as short as we climbed it with our baby in a carrier. I don't understand why this place is not open to the public and, yet, it looks like abandoned and forgotten. Very suggestive atmosphere as well. Although it's not so known and touristic I would suggest popping over if it turns up to be around.
  • Customer service a bit lacking, too many bulls... Seriously, the place was full of bovines. The kids loved the whole experience including having to just through a gate to get in.
  • The place looks romantic evoking history from every angle,but the cows and bulls roaming the grounds made for a risky visit
  • Well worth visiting.
  • Historical and interesting