The Cistercian Abbeys of Tipperary
Colmcille Ó Conbhuidhe OCSO, edited by Finbarr Donovan
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In the period 1142-1272 thirty-seven Cistercian monasteries were founded in Ireland. Of these, four were situated in Tipperary. They were: Inislaunaght, near Clonmel, founded 1147-8; Holy Cross, near Thurles, 1180; Kilcooley, near Urlingford, 1184; Hore Abbey, near Cashel, 1272.
This book brings the story of these abbeys up-to-date, using new research material available since Fr Colmcille's original published papers. By way of an introduction to the history of the abbeys, some separate studies by Fr Colmcille have been included. They cover the foundation of the Cistercian order in France, aspects of the daily life of a Cistercian monk, the topics of lay-brothers, manual work and farming, all against the medieval background.
The book deals with the history of each of the four abbeys from foundation to dissolution. In the case of Holy Cross the story is continued right up to the death of its last monk. A list of abbots and lands of the abbeys has been appended. A useful addition to the original studies is a series of notes on architectural observations of such notable scholars as John O'Donovan and Professor Roger Stalley, the foremost authority on Irish Cistercian architecture.
The late Fr Colmcille Ó Conbhuidhe of Mellifont Abbey, Collon, Co.Louth, a native of Clonmel, wrote many books and learned papers on the history of the medieval Irish Cistercians including Studies in Irish Cistercian History (FCP, 1998).