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One of the finest Cistercian abbeys I have ever visited. It is of nowhere near the size of... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Augusta, Georgia
Hidden Ireland at its best.

Kilcooley Abbey is a national heritage site that nobody outside the parish knows much about. The... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Cashel, Ireland
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Highway R 690, Gortnahoe, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

One of the finest Cistercian abbeys I have ever visited. It is of nowhere near the size of Fountains or Fontenay, but it more than makes up for it with it's charm and serenity. The abbey is relatively intact and in the middle of an...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Kilcooley Abbey is a national heritage site that nobody outside the parish knows much about. The local people go there for a walk, but travel 10 miles away and people have not heard about it. You enter into what looks like a private walled estate...More

2  Thank Sailoil
Reviewed 8 August 2017

With a GPS speaking in Brogue, it was a tough - but worthwhile - find. Felt like I was trespassing, but opened - then closed - the gate behind me, driving right up to the Abbey ruins. Estimate the premise to be from the 1400...More

Thank Janstroh
Reviewed 1 April 2017

I went there a few years ago and remember the excellent tomb carvings and those above the archway inside. Nobody around when I went so the atmosphere was quiet but evocative. Not far from Urlingford.

Thank Obligado
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Of all the sites we visited during our three weeks in Ireland, the ruins at Kilcooley were the most amazing. Hidden in a private estate (but with public access), you'll most likely have the place to yourself. Incredible carvings including a Knight's effigy tomb. This...More

2  Thank A4959VEjasonm
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Visited the Abbey yesterday. The Abbey is remarkably well preserved, with very detailed wall carvings. For anyone interested in ecclesiastical ruins, this is a highly recommended site and is more interesting than some better known ruins. It is possibly overlooked because it is in such...More

3  Thank teddy1998
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This abbey is located within the grounds of the Kilcooley Estate. It is a bit hard to find but well worth the visit when you get to it.

3  Thank Soccermike1015
Reviewed 4 November 2015

This is down a side road into the Kilcooley Estate and then down a cow path through some woods. The abbey is so isolated, and there was no one else but us there. It is gorgeous and became one of our favorite memories of Ireland....More

5  Thank sgphoto
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Response from teddy1998 | Reviewed this property |
JRM is absolutely right about this being a very quiet place and it is highly likely you will see no-one else during your visit. It is also set in the foothills of the Slieveardagh Hills on the TIpperary/Kilkenny border... More