|The view across Lough Pollaacapull as seen from the castle’s veranda.|
“Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland”
Killorglin in the . Here, a festival known as
the Puck Fair sees a goat crowned as King Puck for three days. The Queen of
Puck, traditionally a local young schoolgirl, crowns the goat.”
The story continues today with photos and the history of the Benedictine Nuns of Kylemore Abbey. Here is the link to the property’s website with a wealth of information if you’d like to read further.
|As we approached the enchanting Kylemore Abbey Castle.|
Kylemore Abbey’s Neo-Gothic Church was built in the style of a fourteenth-century. Described as a ‘Cathedral in Miniature’ this elegant building is a lasting testament to the love of Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret. On your visit, you may be lucky enough to enjoy one of the many musical performances that take place here throughout the year.”
|Please excuse the blurry photo (not our photo) of the neo-Gothic Catholic Church located on the ground of Kylemore Abbey.|
“Benedictine nuns of Kylemore Abbey
|There are numerous religious statues and displays throughout the castle.|
The community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. Founded in Ypres, Belgium, in 1665, the house was formally made over to the Irish nation in 1682. The purpose of the abbey at Ypres was to provide education and religious community for Irish women during times of persecution here in Ireland.
Down through the centuries, Ypres Abbey attracted the daughters of the Irish nobility, both as students and postulants, and enjoyed the patronage of many influential Irish families living in exile.
|Mitchell Henry, digitized portrait who built the castle for his beloved wife, Magaret Vaughn Mitchell in 1867.|
The community first took refuge in England, and later in Co Wexford before eventually settling in Kylemore in December 1920. At Kylemore, the nuns reopened their international boarding school and established a day school for local girls.
|Margaret Vaughn Mitchell’s digitized portrait.|
They also ran a farm and guesthouse; the guesthouse was closed after a devastating fire in 1959. In 2010, the Girl’s Boarding School was closed and the nuns have since been developing new education and retreat activities.”
|Riding boots. Horseback riding was prevalent in this period.|
|Visitors aren’t allowed to view the second floor occupied by the nuns.|
Photo from one year ago today, July 17, 2018:
|That morning’s 17 kudus in the garden. See video at this link for details.|