Duiske Abbey

Graiguenamanagh , Co. Carlow

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Duiske Abbey in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Carlow.

One of Ireland's finest Cistercian monasteries was founded here in 1204 by William Marshal who became Lord of Leinster following his marriage to Strongbow's daughter Aoife de Clare. It was called Duiske Abbey from the stream that flows nearby. The church was restored in 1974-80 and consists of a nave and chancel with an aisle on each side.

In the graveyard to the south of the chancel there are two small granite high crosses. These would have been important educational tools of the time, bearing stories of early biblical significance.

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