Muckross Abbey

 

The burial place of Kerry’s poets O’Donoghue, O’Rathaille and O’Suilleabhain, Muckross Abbey is a must visit for anyone who has an interest in history. Muckross Abbey was founded in 1448 by Dona; McCarthy Mór as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans.

It as a turbulent history and down through the years its inhabitants were subjected to raids and persecution. The abbey was damaged and reconstructed many times and today the abbey is largely roofless. Apart from this, Muckross Abbey is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.