Dates for the construction of this former Carmelite abbey range from the early 12th century right up to the 15th century. Like many of these small abbeys and churches that lie in ruins around the countryside, their full history is lost in obscurity.
As one looks south towards the Knockmealdowns one can only imagine how important the site must have been in it’s heyday. Built where it is, alongside the Rian Bó Phádraig which Canon Power described as “the most important Ecclastical highway in the Decies”, the site must have witnessed the pageantry of Prince John travelling towards Ardfinnan, while during famine times it witnessed paupers on their way to the fever hospital close by.
This discrete archaeological and architectural gem is worth a visit even if only to take a moment to relax and reflect on times gone by.