Derrynane Abbey

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Derrynane Abbey
Derrynane Abbey.JPG
The ruins of Derrynane Abbey
Derrynane Abbey is located in Ireland
Derrynane Abbey
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
Other namesAhamore Abbey
LocationCounty Kerry
Coordinates51°45′27″N 10°08′34″W / 51.75750°N 10.14278°W / 51.75750; -10.14278Coordinates: 51°45′27″N 10°08′34″W / 51.75750°N 10.14278°W / 51.75750; -10.14278
Visible remainschurch
Public accessyes

Derrynane Abbey (Ahamore Abbey/Irish: Mainistir Achaidh Mhóir)[1] is a ruined abbey in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. It is located near the town of Caherdaniel and is very close to Derrynane House, the house of Daniel O'Connell. Derrynane Abbey is on an island appropriately named Abbey Island. It is accessible from the mainland through a beach. It is believed to have been built in the 6th century.

The Abbey[edit]

The Abbey itself is very ruined. There are only 3 interconnecting buildings of the abbey left, all without a roof. The main church, like the other buildings, is very overgrown and full of graves, including those of Mary O'Connell (wife of Daniel O'Connell) and the eighteenth-century Gaelic poet, Tomás Rua Ó Suilleabháin.[1][2] The three arched windows of the church are in good condition even though they are facing the sea. The other two buildings have little else of note but graves. In the graveyard surrounding the abbey, there is tomb made of white tile which has been chipped away in places. It's such an unusual tomb that it has to be seen too.



  1. ^ a b "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No KE106-077003". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Amhrán na Leabhar (Song Of The Books)". Living The Tradition. Retrieved 1 February 2015.