Athassel Priory, Tipperary

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Ruin · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Athassel Priory is the largest medieval priory in Ireland, stretching over a 4-acre (1.6 ha) site. The priory dates back to the late 12th century when it was founded by the Augustinians under the patronage of William de Burgh. William's grandson Hubert de Burgh, (or Burgo) later the Bishop of Limerick, was prior at Athassel c. 1221. The original buildings were altered and renovated over the next 300 years. The priory was burnt twice, once in 1329 by Brian King of Thomond and again in 1581 by John Fitzgerald of Desmond. A large town had grown up around the priory but was destroyed during the two raids. The Priory was finally dissolved in 1537 and the lands given to Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond who neglected the abbey and it subsequently fell into ruin.
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  • I am writing this lying on my back beside the river at the back of the Abbey, enjoying the trout fishing , the sunshine and the lovely smells of the countryside. If you are in to Ancient Church...  more »
  • Once the biggest Priory in Ireland. Heading from Golden drive past the priory and park in a short lane way on the left. Walk back, climb over the stall, cross the field and then cross the bridge on.....  more »

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