Hore Abbey, Ireland
Hore Abbey (also known as St. Mary’s Abbey of the Rock) sits both literally and figuratively in the shadow of the mighty Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Although the Rock of Cashel is one of the most visited heritage sites in Ireland, very few spend the extra time on a short walk to visit the wonderful Abbey below.
The abbey is a Cistercian monastery, and most of the visible remains date to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Local legend has it that the Abbey was given to the Cistercian order in 1270 AD, as the Archbishop of Cashel, MacCearbhaill, had a dream that the Benedictines (who were the original owners of the site) were plotting against him. He drove the Benedictines from Cashel, and invited the Cistercians to take their place.
The last Abbot of Hore Abbey was Patrick Stackpole, he had held the position for several decades, but peacefully surrendered the Abbey to the Crown Forces during the Dissolution of the Monasteries circa 1540. The lands were granted to the powerful Butler Family, and were eventually transferred again by Queen Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Radcliffe, Earl of Sussex.
photo by BillH-GSACC