Discover the Ancient Aghaboe Abbey in County Laois
Explore the historic site where St. Canice founded Aghaboe Abbey in 576, located in the village of Aghaboe, only 30 minutes southwest of Portlaoise, County Laois. After centuries of attacks and fires, the abbey was rebuilt and served as an Augustinian priory in 1189. Later, it was granted to the Dominicans by Finghin Fitzpatrick in 1382 and remained in their hands for 400 years despite their suppression in the mid-16th century.
The present monastic ruins are part of the great Dominican foundation, and the church contains a beautifully carved three-light window in the east wall. Monks would have entered through the doorway in the north wall, leading from the cloister. The west wall doorway, through which the public entered the church, dates from the Middle Ages. The church has been conserved by the local community, providing visitors with an impressive look at the religious history of the area.
Experience the beauty and tranquillity of Aghaboe Abbey and explore the ruins of the historic religious site in County Laois. A must-see for history buffs and those interested in religious sites, the Abbey is open to the public year-round, free of charge. A visit to Aghaboe Abbey is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who appreciates Ireland's rich cultural and religious heritage.