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Muckross Abbey, founded in 1448 is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park. It has had a violent history, and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The Friars were often persecuted and subjected to raids by marauding groups. Today the Abbey is largely roofless, although apart from this is generally quite well preserved. Photo by Guenter Heyde.

Exploring South West Ireland: Galway, Dingle & Cork

Glendalough, Ireland. Glendalough, or the Glen of two Lakes, is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. It is also known as the city of the seven Churches. Fourteen centuries have passed since the death of its founder, St. Kevin, when the valley was part of Ireland's Golden Age.