Abbey of Woney

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Abbey of Woney
Mainistir Uaithne
ruins of monastery
Abbey of Woney is located in Ireland
Abbey of Woney
Abbey of Woney
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°37′59″N 8°25′19″W / 52.6331217°N 8.4219608°W / 52.6331217; -8.4219608Coordinates: 52°37′59″N 8°25′19″W / 52.6331217°N 8.4219608°W / 52.6331217; -8.4219608
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Limerick

The Cistercian Abbey of Woney (Irish, Mainistir Uaithne), also written Wotheny or Owney,[1][2] on the banks of the Mulkear River in Abington, County Limerick, was founded in 1205 when Theobald Walter (le Botiller) granted the whole "theodum" (believed to be an error, which should have been feodum) of Woodenikuwice for the purpose.[3] Traces of the architecture and layout of the monastery may still seen in the graveyard[4] in the hamlet of Abington, just south of Murroe.

In the early fourteenth century the possessions of the abbey included the lands of Athnid parish in County Tipperary.[5]

Around 1563, the abbey and all its possessions were granted by Elizabeth I to a Captain Walshe who erected a new house near the old buildings.[6] In 1609, part of the lands which formerly belonged to the abbey were conveyed by Sir E. Walsh to Sir Richard Boyle.[7] In the war of 1641 the estates granted to the Walshe family were forfeited to the Crown.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St. John Seymour, Abbey Owney, County Limerick, Part 1, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland , Fifth Series, Vol. 37, No. 2, [Fifth Series, Vol. 17] (Jun. 30, 1907), pp. 165-180
  2. ^ St. John Seymour, Abbey Owney, County Limerick, Part 2, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Fifth Series, Vol. 37, No. 4, [Fifth Series, Vol. 17] (Dec. 31, 1907), pp. 360-373
  3. ^ Documents n the National Library of Ireland
  4. ^ Extract from Ordnance Survey map
  5. ^ Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, (1837), page 623
  6. ^ Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, (1837), page 623
  7. ^ Conveyance of part of the lands of the Hospital of Any, Co. Limerick, by T. Brown to Sir R. Boyle, 1604. Conveyance of part of the lands formerly of the Abbey of Woney, Co. Limerick, by Sir E. Walsh to Sir R. Boyle, 1609.
  8. ^ Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, (1837), page 623