Kilcooley Abbey

Kilcooley Cistercian Abbey sacristy entrance

Kilcooley Cistercian Abbey sacristy entrance

Dedicated to Our Lady and St Benedict, the Cistercian abbey at Kilcooley, County Tipperary, Ireland, was founded in 1182 by monks from Jerpoint Abbey, County Kilkenny.  It was almost completely destroyed in the 15th century but underwent a reconstruction programme that brought it back to life for a while.

The main part of the abbey consists of the entrance chamber, the church, the tower and the sacristy.  The entrance to the sacristy is an imposing carved archway.  The carvings include a scene depicting the crucifixion, St Christopher, and an unusual carving of a mermaid holding a mirror which was meant to represent vanity.  

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