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East front of Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey is a Cistercian abbey near Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located on the N9 national primary road.

It was constructed in 1180, probably on the site of an earlier Benedictine monastery built in 1160 by Domnall Mac Gilla Patraic, King of Osraige.[1] Jerpoint is notable for its stone carvings, including one at the tomb of Felix O'Dulany, Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory when the abbey was founded.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey passed into the possession of James, Earl of Ormand, in 1541. It has been declared a national monument and has been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1880. Close to Jerpoint Abbey, at Newtown Jerpoint, are the ruins of a church where a local legend places the grave of Saint Nicholas.[2]


  1. Illustrated Dictionary of Irish History. Mac Annaidh, S (ed). Gill and Macmillan, Dublin. 2001
  2. Myth of Santa's Grave

See also

Coordinates: 52°30′39″N 7°09′29″W / 52.51093°N 07.15798°W / 52.51093; -07.15798

ru:Аббатство Джерпоинт

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