The Abbey of Kyrie Eleison, from which Abbeydorney Village takes its name, was founded in the 12th century. It was the only Cistercian settlement in medieval County Kerry and was named after Kyrie due to the word’s similarity to ‘Ciarrai,’ the territory in which the abbey is found. The ruin features some of the finest examples of Celtic crosses in the area.
Established in the 12th century, the Abbey of Kyrie Eleison is credited for giving the village of Abbeydorney its name. It was the only Cistercian community in medieval County Kerry, and boasts fine Celtic crosses.
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