Boyle Abbey

Roscommon County Council

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In 1161, the Cistercian monks established the abbey at Boyle in County Roscommon.  The monastery, which was completed about 1220, was laid out according to the usual Cistercian plan. It had a church on the north side of a rectangular cloister area, with a chapter house for meetings on a second side, a kitchen and refectory on the third, and store houses and dormitory likely on the fourth. 

Despite a turbulent history that saw it turned from Cistercian monastery to military barracks and later besieged, Boyle Abbey is still a beautiful building showing off  the skill of medieval stone masons. With its riverside setting, it is a tranquil place in which to wander and gaze at finely-carved stonework that survived the wars of centuries. There is a fascinating exhibition in the restored 16th/17th century gatehouse.

Boyle Abbey

County Roscommon