St. Dominic's Abbey

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St. Dominic's Abbey
Mainistir Dhoiminiceach Chaisil
Ruins of the abbey church
St. Dominic's Abbey is located in Ireland
St. Dominic's Abbey
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
OrderDominican Order
Disestablished1540, 1850
DioceseCashel and Emly
Founder(s)David mac Cellaig
StyleLate Gothic
LocationDominic Street, Cashel, County Tipperary
Coordinates52°31′05″N 7°53′16″W / 52.518066°N 7.887777°W / 52.518066; -7.887777Coordinates: 52°31′05″N 7°53′16″W / 52.518066°N 7.887777°W / 52.518066; -7.887777
Public accessyes
Official nameSt. Dominic's Abbey
Reference no.193

St. Dominic's Abbey is a medieval Dominican abbey and National Monument located in Cashel, Ireland.[1][2]


St. Dominic's Abbey is located 300 metres (330 yd) southeast of the Rock of Cashel.[3]


The abbey was founded by Archbishop of Cashel David mac Cellaig (David McKelly) in 1243, during the reign of Henry III. Friars were brought from Cork. In 1256, 1289 and 1307, the Irish Dominican Presidency held its provincial chapter here. The monastery church was expanded c. 1270.[citation needed]

It was later burned accidentally and rebuilt and co-founded by John Cantwell II in 1480.[citation needed]

It was partly leased by Prior Edward Brown 1535-6 and dissolved in 1540; it was surrendered by Prior Edward Brown on 8 April 1540 and leased to Peter Kelly and Walter Fleming. It was then composed of church and belfry, a dormitory, a chamber with two cellars, a cemetery, two orchards, and two parks or gardens containing two acres. St Dominic's was granted to Walter Fleming in 1543-4.[4]

In 1756 there were five fathers attached to the convent of by 1800 there was only one. The last Dominican of Cashel was Father Conway, who was still there in 1850.[citation needed]


Interior of the abbey church; note the Gothic tracery in the window

The abbey is quasi-cruciform in plan with a high tower over the crossing.[5] It has only one aisle and transept.[6]


  1. ^ The Rosary Magazine. Rosary Press. 12 August 1896 – via Internet Archive. Dominic's Abbey Cashel.
  2. ^ Hourihane, Colum (12 August 2017). "The Mason and His Mark: Masons' Marks in the Medieval Irish Archbishoprics of Cashel and Dublin". British Archaeological Reports Limited. Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ leafworks (7 February 2014). "Dominic's Abbey (Cashel, Ireland)". Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ "CASHEL ABBEY, Saint Dominic". Archived from the original on 13 January 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Dominics Abbey - Cashel". 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ The Irish Ecclesiastical Record: A Journal Under Episcopal Sanction. Browne & Nolan. 12 August 1894 – via Internet Archive. Dominic's Abbey Cashel.