Mourne Abbey

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Mourne Abbey
Mainstir Na Morna
Mourne Abbey
Mourne Abbey
Mourne Abbey is located in Ireland
Mourne Abbey
Mourne Abbey
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°08′00″N 08°39′00″W / 52.13333°N 8.65000°W / 52.13333; -8.65000
Country  Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Mourneabbey (in Irish Mainstir Na Morna) is a small civil and Roman Catholic parish in the barony of Barretts, northwest county Cork, Ireland. The parish is situated just south of Mallow, on the main Mallow-Cork Road and Rail Line. The population of the parish is about 1,000 people. There are two churches and schools in the area, Analeentha and Burnfort. The civil parish consists of 17 townlands.


The Abbey was built c. 1199 by the Knights Templar. It consisted of a church, mill, refectory, and storage buildings with a surrounding wall with guard towers. The Knights Templar were suppressed in 1307, with the Knights at Mourne being arrested and sent to Dublin. The abbey was granted to the Knights Hospitaller. The abbey was abandoned in 1541 after King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries.[1]

This abbey now lies in ruins, as does Barrett's Castle, built across the river by Brother John FitzRichard in 1335 to protect the abbey. The castle later belonged to the Desmond FitzGeralds[disambiguation needed] before being destroyed by Cromwell’s forces, around 1651.

The parish also played a major role in the Irish War of Independence. A failed ambush of British forces occurred there near the Abbey where eight volunteers lost their lives. Tomás Mac Curtain, former Lord Mayor of Cork who was killed by British forces in 1920, was also from the parish of Mourneabbey.


Today the parish has a strong sporting element. Clyda Rovers GAA club are the most successful and longest serving club. A new €1.3 Million sporting & community complex has being constructed between the years of 2000 and 2010.


  • Mourne Abbey railway station was opened on 1 May 1892 and finally closed on 9 September 1963.[2]


  1. ^ Historical plaque at Mourne Abbey
  2. ^ "Mourne Abbey station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 

Historical and Topographical Notes, Etc. on Buttevant ..., Volume 1

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Coordinates: 52°08′N 8°39′W / 52.133°N 8.650°W / 52.133; -8.650