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Old Mellifont Abbey

Category: Families, Culture, Sightseeing, Free

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Visitor Centres, Churches & Cathedrals

Co Louth
Tel: +353 41 982 6459

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The first Cistercian monastery to be built in Ireland

Old Mellifont Abbey

Mellifont Abbey resides on the banks of the River Mattock and was the first Cistercian monastery to be built in Ireland, founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh.

The Abbey became the model for other Cistercian abbeys built in Ireland, with its formal style of architecture imported from the abbeys of the same order in France, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo (where the monks washed their hands before eating). Little of the original Abbey remains, save the lavabo, some Romanesque arches and a 14th-century chapter house.

The Visitor Centre houses an exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display.

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Adults €3; Child/Student €1; OAP/Group €2; Family €8.

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Old Mellifont Abbey - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Old Mellifont Abbey - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
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10km north-west of Drogheda off the R168 (Drogheda-Collon Road)

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