Black Abbey, Kilkenny

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Black Abbey represents a Catholic monastery of the Dominican order built in 1225, and it also serves as the local church of Killkenny. Its name derives from the "black friars," an old English nickname for Dominicans. Join the locals for religious observance, or visit between services to view the building. The old structure impresses with highly detailed stained glass throughout. Brochures describing the history of this important church are available for purchase. Check the mass schedule online before you go; doors may be locked during services. With our custom trip planner, Kilkenny attractions like Black Abbey can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The stained glass inside is absolutely beautiful! It is well worth the walk if you are visiting the round tower or Kilkenny castle. 
    The stained glass inside is absolutely beautiful! It is well worth the walk if you are visiting the round tower or Kilkenny castle.  more »
  • As there was a service in session exactly when we arrived, we did not go in, but the outside was beautiful with it's giant stained glass window. The walk to and from the abbey (from Kilkenny Castle.....  more
    As there was a service in session exactly when we arrived, we did not go in, but the outside was beautiful with it's giant stained glass window. The walk to and from the abbey (from Kilkenny Castle.....  more »
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  • The masses are incredible and the priest is so wise and kind. God bless!
  • Most beautiful abbey and stained glass.

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