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Pictured here is Hore Abbey, a ruined Cistercian abbey that stands near to the Rock of Cashel in the town of Cashel, Co Tipperary.

In this view the Rock of Cashel itself can be clearly seen on the left side of the frame.

Originally constructed in 1266, this was at first a Benedictine site, but it was given to the Cistercians in 1272 by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill who later joined the abbey himself.

As he made himself at home here, he granted gifts to the abbey of many things which actually belonged to the local town including farm land, mills and buildings. In addition to his obvious dislike of the already established orders in the town, this construed to make him an unpopular man with the people of Cashel. Many people in the locality resented him and the order, and many considered he was far too in favor of the local Irish people than of the Anglo Irish settlers. This was evident in the murder of two monks who visited the town and the strenuous objection of 38 local breweries to the levies he had imposed.

This was the last Cistercian abbey founded in Ireland prior to the reformation, and despite the intentions of MacCearbhaill, it was never a prosperous place, eking out a living for the centuries it stood here.

Although most of the abbey was built in the 13th century, many changes were made to it over time, including the construction of the tower in the center of the transept in the 15th century. The design and finish of the church is very plain and simple and a very good example of how the Cistercians were very conservative.

Situated only 1km from the Rock of Cashel, this place is ruined and desolate and suitable gloomy. Positioned in a field, it is accessible to the public and there are beautiful views of it from the grounds of the Rock itself. Despite being in itself a formidable ruin, and a wonderful example of its type of religious structure, very few people visit it. Thousands see it from the grounds of the rock, but not many take the short walk across the fields to view it up close.
As I approached it that morning, the many birds nestled in its crumbling walls took flight with an almighty squawk, and created a beautiful haunted sensation to the place.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2593 W: 12 N: 6199] (21684)
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