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Muckross Abbey by Enrico Strocchi
Muckross Abbey by Enrico Strocchi

Muckross Abbey is both an Old Irish Monastery & Modern Irish Graveyard. It is situated in the middle of the national park and a five minute walk from Muckross house car park. It dates back to the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland. The ruins of this Franciscan friary are in very good state of preservation with the walls of the Cloister and its associated buildings in their original and complete state. The monks of Muckross Abbey were driven out in the 1650’s by the infamous Cromwellian forces. Right next to the abbey is a graveyard which is in a poor state of repair but is still used to this day as an active burial ground. The graveyard is said to hold the remains of the O’Donoghue chieftains amongst many others in it’s grounds. (Killarney National Park, Ireland)