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Kells Priory, County Kilkenny – photos and facts

“Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland. The Augustine priory is situated alongside King’s River beside the village of Kells, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument and is in the guardianship of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking feature ... Read More »

Catholic Mass Rock – A place to celebrate Mass during Penal Times

Penal Laws were imposed by the ruling British on Irish Roman Catholics during the 1600’s and 1700’s, in a bid to force people to accept the reformed Christian faith. The laws were very restrictive and have had a long and lasting effect on the daily life of Irish Catholics. The laws included: -Restrictions on how children of Catholics were educated ... Read More »

The Claregalway Friary – photos

I spent a few days in Galway a couple of years ago, and while there I stayed in the Claregalway hotel around 7 or 8 miles from Galway city center. Just a short distance from the hotel was the Claregalway Friary, a medieval Franciscan abbey. There’s not a whole lot in the town of Claregalway itself, but it’s a good ... Read More »