Augustine Abbey

Abbeyside Augustinian Abbey

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Name Abbeyside Augustinian Abbey County Waterford Nearest Town Dungarven Access Road N25 About The ruins of the Augustian Abbey at Abbeyside in Dungarven dominate the landscape of the coastal town.

A stunningly beautiful and well proportioned building it was occupied by the Augustinian Order in 1290.

The Augustinians came to Abbeyside in that year from the Clare Priory in Suffolk, England, having acceded to an invitation by their noted patron and benefactor, Thomas, Lord Offaly.

The abbey buildings were ruined after the visit of another very unwelcome Englishman, Oliver Cromwell, who attacked the town of Dungarven, killing and maiming thousands and destroying any churches or property belonging to religious Orders.

All that is left now is a well-preserved tower and nave, which had a large east window.

The present Catholic Church was built on the foundations of the abbey and it incorporates fragments from it including the coat of arms on the west wall.