We say goodbye to Lough Boora – leave two beach stones from home, for sons emigrated
This glass structure replicates an Elizabethan lean-to addition, when the abbey was converted to a barracks in 1592 Prior to that, Cistercians founded the abbey around 1161. Respecting Celtic monastic buildings they joined their abbey to this now stump of a round tower
It is thought the church took about sixty years to complete with the final section being finished in around 1226
The design – influenced by styles from Burgundy from whence the Cistercians came to Ireland – is in the form of a Latin cross, about forty meters long and twenty meters wide, oriented east-west, with the choir and altar at the east end
Among the most mysterious and intriguing is the so-called ‘green man’ – positioned opposite to the “Door of the Dead” – where after mass they carried out the bodies of monks who had died. It looks like a strange mask.
Diagonally opposing the ‘death door’ and quite difficult to spot, perched high upon her cylindrical pillar