Trip to Fethard and Kilcooley Abbey


CHAS members and friends with guide Terry Cunningham (bottom left)

On Saturday 10th September over 30 society members and friends travelled to Medieval Fethard and Kilcooley Abbey in County Tipperary.

Local guide Terry Cunningham  ( brought the group along the south battlements of the medieval town wall to Holy Trinity Church (c.1200) and to the 16th century Alms House, which is currently being redeveloped into a local tourist centre. Lunch was taken in the famous McCarthys bar in Fethard.


Holy Trinity Church, Fethard

Holy Trinity Church, Fethard


Holy Trinity Churchyard

Arms of Henry VII with script 'Vive le Roi'

Arms of Henry VIII in Holy Trinity Church with script ‘Vive le Roi’








The group then went by bus to Kilcooley Abbey, where curator Liam Noonan gave a detailed history of the Cistercian Abbey and the Kilcooley estate. Features such as the effigal tomb of Piers Butler, the barely perceptible marks and rude cartoons left by masons and the magnificent east window were highlighted. Liam also highlighted the role of the Abbey as a location in films such as Excalibur and Catholics.




Liam Noonan with group


Sacristy wall

Tomb of Piers Butler

Tomb of Piers Butler







East Window

East Window of Abbey

Dog on butler tomb

Dog on tomb of Piers Butler



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