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Glascarrig Priory Church
 

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Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 34' 54.9"   W 006° 12' 27.24"

Nearest town

Cahore Point

Grid Ref.

T 21471 49357

Map No.

69

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

19

Date of visit

Monday 4 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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This 12 metres long stretch of the south wall is all that remains of the priory.


Not much remains of this priory, as a matter of fact what remains is very little, close to nothing.
I was warned of this a few years back, but I just wanted to see it with my own eyes.

Nothing else than a stretch of a wall remains today, and a modern bungalow, part of a farm, is attached to it. A square opening in this short segment of wall looks like a window.
The stretch of wall is 12 metres long, 1 metre thick and is perfectly aligned east-west (90°-270°).

There's little information about this priory. According to some sources it was founded about 1190 as a sister house of St. Dogmael's Abbey in Pembrokeshire, and it was the only priory in Ireland of the Order of St. Bernard of Tiron. Bernard was born in France in 1046. After being elected Abbott of Saint-Cyprien in 1100, he wanted to pursue a stricter life and moved to Tiron, where he built an Abbey, giving birth to a new religious Order.
At the beginning of the 15th century, Glascarrig Priory was considered one of the wealthiest monastery in county Wexford, but in about 150 years its value was greatly reduced.
The priory mantained its functions even after the dissolution of the monasteries under king Henry VIII, but it slowly fell in disuse and the scant remains of the buildings became part of a farm.


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