Churches and monasteries

Holy Cross Abbey

View as map

Contact details


Thurles, Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)50443124

Holy Cross Abbey, located near Thurles, County Tipperary, was founded in 1168 by Donal Mor O’Brien, King of Munster. It was established for the Benedictine Order, but later transferred to the Cistercians. Mass continues to be celebrated there today.

Found near Thurles, County Tipperary, Holy Cross Abbey is one of Ireland’s National Monuments. In 1168, Donal Mor O’Brien founded the monastery for the Benedictine Order, but later transferred it to the Cistercians. It was colonised by monks from Monasteranenagh in County Limerick.

Under the patronage of James Butler, the fourth Earl of Ormonde, much of the abbey was rebuilt in the 15th century, but after suppression, it was eventually left in ruins.

In the late-1900s, there was a movement to restore the abbey church and use it once more as a house of worship. Today, Mass and other holy events are celebrated there regularly.