Abbeymahon Abbey

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Abbeymahon Abbey is a ruined abbey It was founded in 1172 by Dermot MacCormac MacCarthy, king of Desmond. The site was originally at Aghamanister and was colonized with a group of Cistercian monks from Baltinglass. Almost a century lapsed before the monks of Aghamanister decided to move to a new site it is possible that the time had come to renew the abbey buildings and the monks took the opportunity to find a more spacious site. The monks had moved to Abbeymahon by 1278, when Diarmait MacCarthaig, son of Domnall Cairbrech, was buried in the new monastery. The new site was on the estuary of the Argideen River, just over a mile east south-east of Timoleague, on the road to Courtmacsherry.

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