Aghaboe Abbey was founded by St Canice in 576. About two hundred years later it was plundered by Norsemen and a further church was built. The astronomer St. Virgilius, also known as St. Feargal, was its abbot in the 700's before he left Ireland, going on to become Bishop of Salzburg. The abbey grew into a major centre of learning, commerce and agriculture. After the original monastery burned in 1234, it was rebuilt as an Augustinian priory. Today a Church of Ireland, which dates from the 1700s, stands where that priory once stood. This church appears to contain some fragments of the Augustinians' buildings. On the east side of the doorway, visitors can see a carved limestone head that dates from the Middle Ages. The small bell tower at the northwest corner of the church has the same proportions as one from the 1200s.
The fine ruins on this site belong to a Dominican friary founded in 1382 by Finghin MacGillapatrick (FitzPatrick), Lord of Ossory. The church, which was conserved by the local community, contains a beautifully carved three-light window in the east wall. Monks would have entered through the doorway in the north wall, which led from the cloister. The doorway in the west wall, through which the public would have entered the church, dates from the Middle Ages. The monastery was suppressed in 1540.
Near Aghaboe Abbey the tree-covered remains of a Norman motte can be seen.
More about Monastic Sites in Ireland you will find HERE.
Ballagharahin / Ballagh Castle Ruins within 13.8 km
Ballaghmore Castle within 13.6 km
Ballylarkin Abbey / Church, Freshford within 22.8 km
Castle Durrow Hotel within 11.4 km
Castlecuffe Castle Ruins within 25.9 km
Clomantagh / Clonmantagh / Croomantagh Castle within 21.9 km
Dunmore Cave within 27.6 km
Emo Court and Gardens within 29.5 km
Fertagh / Grangefertagh Round Tower and Church Ruins within 16.1 km
Foulksrath Castle within 23.3 km
Kilcooley / Kilcooly Abbey, Cistercian within 28.1 km
Kinnitty Castle Hotel within 23.5 km
Leap Castle within 22.9 km
Lisheen Castle within 24.3 km
Loughmoe / Loughmore Castle Ruins within 28.1 km
Monaincha / Mona Incha Augustinian Abbey and High Cross within 16.1 km
Mount Saint Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea within 23.3 km
Rock of Dunamase Castle Ruins within 23.7 km
Roscrea Castle and Heritage Center within 19.4 km
Roscrea Franciscan Friary within 19.5 km
Roscrea Round Tower, High Cross and Church Ruins within 19.2 km
Timahoe Round Tower and Church Ruins within 21.2 km
Traditional Farm Hostel and Camping, Farran within 2.7 km
Streamstown Caravan and Camping Park within 22.2 km