Hore Abbey
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Mominct24
Stamford212 contributions
Rock of Cashel was closed due to storm, so we were glad we could go here. The signage was a bit confusing. It said the area was closed to outsiders, but there were several people walking around, so we entered. There wasn't much signage, but my teens loved walking around the ruins.
Written March 4, 2022
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa366 contributions
We rated this as one of the best Abbey's we visited during our 2 week holiday in Ireland. When viewing from the Rock of Cashel it looked small.

You can walk along a pathway from Rock of Cashel , just about 1km or take a drive , parking is a bit of a problem as its a narrow road surrounded by farm houses.

The fun part of doing this route is that you cross through a field , on a path , filled with cows & of course their droppings. We had no problems with the cows apart from a for stare downs to see who would move 1st .

The Abbey itself was much bigger & more impressive than we expected & we glad we made the short trip to go view it
Written May 14, 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL435 contributions
We were staying across the street at O'Brien's Cashel Lodge so it was quick and easy to visit the ruins. There is an entrance just down the street (where maybe 1-2 cars could park just off the street). You could also easily take a stroll from town- nothing is far. Once you get to the entrance, you walk down a little path, over a ditch, through a cow pasture to the ruins. They are stunningly beautiful and feel peaceful. Great photo opportunities and you can see the Rock of Cashel in the distance. I think I actually enjoyed my time among these ruins more than at the Rock of Cashel.
Written June 22, 2022
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crayolabird
Savage, MD608 contributions
My nine year old son caught site of this from afar as we were visiting the Rock of Cashel - he asked me if we might find a way to visit it as well and it was no problem! The ticket staff helped us know how to get there - it's just sitting out there in the middle of a giant cow field. There is one little placard near the road and a little stile, that's it!
The closer we got as we walked across the field, the bigger and more gorgeous it got! This is an absolutely fantastic ruin to explore, so much fuel for the imagination. Highly recommended. We walked back along the road to the car park at the Rock of Cashel and it was a great little serendipitous side adventure!
Written July 11, 2022
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Gordon_Reilly
Ballina, Ireland18 contributions
Couples
Lovely set of ruins to visit. You also get to see the Rock of Cashel from a different angle here which makes it look like its something from a magical fantasy movie. The Abbey is very quiet tourist wise.
Written August 5, 2020
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Steff
15 contributions
Hore Abbey is just down the hill from the Rock of Cashel. It was a pleasant surprise and definitely worth a walk through. It's free and you can get in at any time. It also has a small infographic on some background!
Written October 24, 2019
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Chuck A
St. Augustine, FL12 contributions
Couples
One sees everywhere the ruins of ancient monasteries. The Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, convents and friaries in England, Wales and Ireland, took their income, and sold off their assets. He was given the authority to do this in England and Wales by the Act of Supremacy, passed by Parliament in 1534, which made him Supreme Head of the Church in England, thus separating England from Papal authority, and by the First Suppression Act (1536) and the Second Suppression Act (1539). Oliver Cromwell was reported to be responsible for much of the actual destruction.
Written February 19, 2015
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Marcia2424
Arlington, VA363 contributions
This is such a cool place. Perfect for graduation or wedding phots, as well as a place with a fascinating history. Parking is tight, but the Abbey is awesome.
Written September 20, 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,733 contributions
Friends
On our last visit we were unable to get much information about this old church site. This time we decided to have a look at the ruins and were told that they were on private land but no problems visiting, just be careful of any cattle and look where you're walking. An amazing site and much more expansive than the image seen from the Rock of Cashel. The ruins were more impressive when we got among the walls and saw the locations of the chapels and monks quarters. The old section of ceiling is remarkable, still in-situ after, I assume, over 800 years as I was unable to source information to the contrary.
It was initially a Benedictine Priory, possibly dating to pre 1134AD and named St. James Priory. Other literature claims construction in 1266AD and expulsion of the Benedictines shortly afterwards between 1269 - 1272AD by David MacCarwill, Archbishop of Cashel, who installed the Cistercians. Church politics! In 1540 the Abbey was dissolved and the property transferred to the 9th Earl of Ormond and in 1561, under orders of Elizabeth I, was granted to Henry Radclyffe, 4th Earl of Sussex.
Written July 4, 2019
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charlestonmel
Mount Pleasant, SC209 contributions
Family
When we were at the Rock, we saw the abbey and decided to walk down the hill. Do it! Stunning. The abbey is in ruins and you can take the most gorgeous pictures. The walk is an adventure. You see sheep and cows. In our group , some enjoyed the abbey more then the Rock. What fun! Watch out for cow poo.
Written June 11, 2019
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