Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea

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Mount St. Joseph Abbey
Country Ireland
Denomination OCSO (Catholic)
Founder(s) Count Arthur Moore MP
Architect(s) William H. Beardwood
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe
Abbot Dom Athanasius Donovan (Prior)
Dom Camillus Beardwood
Dom Justin McCarthy
Dom Camillus Claffey
Dom Eugene Boylan
Dom Colmcille O'Toole
Dom Laurence Walsh
Dom Kevin Daly
Dom Richard Purcell (current)

Mount St. Joseph Abbey is an abbey of the Trappist branch of the Cistercians located in County Offaly, near Roscrea, County Tipperary in Ireland.

The abbey was founded in 1878 by a group of 32 Monks from Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford. The church was opened for worship in 1883 and a Boarding school - Cistercian College, Roscrea - was founded in 1905. The first superior was Dom Athanasius O'Donovan (born Daniel O'Donovan).[1]

Mount St. Joseph contains several stained glass windows created by Harry Clarke or his studios. Three windows in the infirmary, three later windows in the chapel of the college and a 1960s window dedicated to St. Patrick for the abbey church.[2]

Three foundations have been made from Mount Saint Joseph - Nunraw (Scotland) in 1946, Tarrawarra (Australia) in 1954, and Bolton (County Kildare) in 1964.

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  1. ^ Genealogical Memoir of the O'Donovans,Ch. 6. by Rev. Michael O'Donovan, published 1902
  2. ^,10,harry_clarke_windows_tour

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