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Kilcooley Abbey
Thurles Co. Tipperary
Church, Abbey or Monastery
Kilcooley Abbey is located near the village of Gortnahoe, which is just 20km east of Thurles. The ruins, situated on a lovely expanse of land on the Kilcooley Estate, date back to 1182, when Donal Mor O’Brien gave the property to the Cistercians.

In 1182, Cistercians from Jerpoint Abbey established a religious community at Kilcooley after Donal Mor O’Brien granted them land there.

Today, the ruins sit on the private Kilcooley Estate, which is found in a tranquil area of County Tipperary, just 20km east of Thurles. The abbey, which was rebuilt after being destroyed in 1445, is noted for a fine east window and fascinating medieval tombs.