Moore Abbey


Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

Site Description

St Evin founded a monastery here in the 5th century (Monasterevin) which fell into decay in the 9th century and was refounded as a Cistercian monastery in the 12th century. Later the abbey and manor was granted to the son-in-law of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland whose name was Edward Moore- hence Mooreabbey.

The famous Irish tenor John Mc Cormac leased the building for 13 years. A fine view of the building can be had from the wood.

The site comprises a variety of broadleaf and conifer trees, mainly beech, ash and oak, Norway spruce and Douglas fir. The wood has a beautiful display of bluebells in early summer.

The site comprises of a variety of broadleaves and conifers. The fauna includes the grey squirrel, badgers, pheasant and numerous other species of birds.

Moore Abbey Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

From Portlaoise take the N7 to Monasterevin (20 km) while on route the road passes through the village of Ballybrittas. On arrival in Monasterevin take a right turn which is the R417 road to Athy. From the time you join the R417 travel for 0.8 km and car park will be on the right

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No of car spaces:15
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Contact Info

Contact name:Barry Coad