Jerpoint Abbey

Thomastown , Co. Kilkenny

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About Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.

Jerpoint Abbey is a Cistercian abbey, founded in 1180 by Donogh O'Donoghoe, the King of Kingdom of Ossory when he moved the monks of the Cistercian Order from a distant part of Ossory to the present site. It is thought the site was an earlier Benedictine monastery built in 1160 by Donal MacGillapatrick.

The abbey flourished until 1537 when, during the Reformation, it was dissolved by Henry VIII. In 1541 ownership was passed to James Butler, the 9th Earl Earl of Ormond.

The church with its Romanesque details dates from the 12th century. In the transept chapels there are 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings, including one at the tomb of Felix O'Dulany (1178-1202), Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.

The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition and there are also guided tours available on site.

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