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Mainistir Ó dTorna
Kyrie Eleison Abbey
Kyrie Eleison Abbey
Abbeydorney is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°21′00″N 9°41′00″W / 52.35°N 9.6833°W / 52.35; -9.6833Coordinates: 52°21′00″N 9°41′00″W / 52.35°N 9.6833°W / 52.35; -9.6833
72 m (236 ft)
 • Urban
418 [1]
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceQ853233

Abbeydorney (Irish: Mainistir Ó dTorna, meaning "Monastery of the clan of Torna") is a village in County Kerry, Ireland. Located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of the county town of Tralee, Abbeydorney had a population in 2016 of 1,323 and forms part of the parish of Abbeydorney / Kilflynn.



The name of the village derives from the translation of the Irish Mainistir Ó dTorna - in English O'Dorney Abbey - which was the Cistercian Order Abbeydorney Abbey, established in 1154 and located north of the village. The abbey is often called Kyrie Eleison (which is Greek for Lord, have mercy). It was suppressed in 1537 during the reign of King Henry VIII of England.


The village that developed around the abbey is of an agrarian nature and the institutions that have developed reflect this. In 1885, Abbeydorney GAA club was established, and in 1895 Abbeydorney Co-operative Dairy Society was formed. In 1920, during the War of Independence, the village creamery and a number of houses were burned to the ground by RIC Auxiliaries and Black and Tans in a reprisal attack.


Abbeydorney railway station serving the village opened on 20 December 1880 on the line from Tralee to Limerick via Listowel. Passenger services were withdrawn on 4 February 1963, although the route through Abbeydorney continued to be used by freight trains for a while before the line to Listowel was finally closed altogether in 1977 and then to Tralee 1978. The station closed on 6 February 1978.[2]


The local Abbeydorney hurling team have won four County Championships, the last in 1974, and in more recent times their minor teams have won the minor county championship in 1999 and again in 2008.

The Abbeydorney Ladies Football Club was the feeding ground for the great Kerry Ladies teams of the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed] In more recent years they secured back-to-back All-Irelands. They won the Junior All-Ireland Club title in 2004 and followed that a year later in 2005 by winning the All-Ireland Intermediate Club title.[citation needed]


The heavyweight boxer John L. Sullivan's father Mike Sullivan emigrated from Abbeydorney after the Famine. Mike's wife, (John's mother) the former Catherine Kelly from Athlone, County Roscommon (now Westmeath), met and married him in Boston on 6 November 1856. The father of Irish actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who plays Nidge on Love/Hate is from Abbeydorney. Father Maurice Slattery, Superior General of the African Missionaries in Rome 1937-1947.

Common surnames[edit]

According to Irish census of 1901 and 1911, common names in the area at the time included: Sullivan, Connor, Stack, Walsh, Shanahan, Buckley, Fitzgerald, Lawlor, Dowling, Glavin, McCarthy, Slattery, Brosnan, Hayes, Lynch, Moriarty, O'Connor, O'Leary, Lovett, Mahony, Maunsell, Murphy, Brennan, Cronin, Nolan, Sheehan, and Sheehy.[citation needed]

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  2. ^ "Abbeydorney station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-07.