Boyle Cistercian Abbey
In 1161, the Cistercian monks established Boyle Abbey. The abbey, which was completed around 1220, was laid out according to the usual Cistercian plan.
Today, only small parts of the cloister remain. The Elizabethans converted it into barracks in 1592 and the Cromwellians besieged it in 1645. Despite its ruined state, the abbey continues to be an excellent example of Ireland’s early Cistercian foundations.