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St. Dominic's Abbey
Mainistir Dhoiminiceach Chaisil
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Ruins of the abbey church
Monastery information
Order Dominican Order
Established 1243
Disestablished 1540, 1850
Diocese Cashel and Emly
People
Founder(s) David mac Cellaig
Architecture
Status Inactive
Style Late Gothic
Site
Location Dominic Street, Cashel, County Tipperary
Coordinates 52°31′05″N 7°53′16″W / 52.518066°N 7.887777°W / 52.518066; -7.887777Coordinates: 52°31′05″N 7°53′16″W / 52.518066°N 7.887777°W / 52.518066; -7.887777
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name St. Dominic's Abbey
Reference no. 193

St. Dominic's Abbey is a medieval Dominican abbey and National Monument located in Cashel, Ireland.

Location

St. Dominic's Abbey is located 300 metres (330 yd) southeast of the Rock of Cashel.

History

The abbey was founded by Archbishop of Cashel David mac Cellaig (David McKelly) in 1243, during the reign of Henry III. Friars were brought from Cork. In 1256, 1289 and 1307, the Irish Dominican Presidency held its provincial chapter here. The monastery church was expanded c. 1270.

It was later burned accidentally and rebuilt and co-founded by John Cantwell II in 1480.

It was partly leased by Prior Edward Brown 1535-6 and dissolved in 1540; it was surrendered by Prior Edward Brown on 8 April 1540 and leased to Peter Kelly and Walter Fleming. It was then composed of church and belfry, a dormitory, a chamber with two cellars, a cemetery, two orchards, and two parks or gardens containing two acres. St Dominic's was granted to Walter Fleming in 1543-4.

In 1756 there were five fathers attached to the convent of by 1800 there was only one. The last Dominican of Cashel was Father Conway, who was still there in 1850.

Buildings

Dominics Abbey Cashel
Interior of the abbey church; note the Gothic tracery in the window

The abbey is quasi-cruciform in plan with a high tower over the crossing. It has only one aisle and transept.

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