Cistercian Abbey in Longford

An abbey and an alley in Abbeylara

Abbeylara is a quaint little village, close to the Longford and Cavan border. Directions can be found here.  It is one of those Irish villages that could be used as the set of a movie from the 1930’s. The village is kept immaculate, the villagers obviously have a lot of pride in their village and an active tidy towns group.

There are old Cistercian Abbey ruins in Abbeylara, that date back to the 13th Century when Richard De Tuite established an Abbey in 1205 for the Cistercian monks.


Cistercian Abbey in Longford
Abbeylara abbey ruins with a blue sky

After 15 minutes, the dark clouds rolled in.

Old Cisterian Abbey monastery ruins
A Rainbox appeared beside the medieval Cistercian Abbey ruins in Abbeylara

The handball court constructed back in 1924 by local people. A puck about with a hurley and tennis ball at Abbeylara handball alley.

Handball Alley court

An abandoned old cottage in the village that was spruced up by the tidy towns committee.  It reminds me of my Junior Cert Art project, for which I made an Irish cottage complete with green doors and windows but I had straw for the roof.  I still have the cottage in the attic, it was part of the art assessment, you had to create a 3D structure and the subject topic was Ireland in the 18th century.

Irish cottage with a green tin roof
Irish cottage in Abbeylara County Longford
Irish cottage
Irish Cottage with a green tin roof in Abbeylara

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