The abbey is part of a ruined Franciscan friary founded in the 13th century. The English ransacked the buildings in 1642 but if one has the time, there is much that still remains, though it doesn’t look so when you approach it. The Franciscan monks were famous for their piety, their vows of poverty and simplicity. The buildings reflect their dedication to plainness. However, these friars had a penchant for living well and the abbey prospered on trade in wines with the Spanish. The location of the friary made such trade lucrative. Sections of the wine cellars still remain, but alas, the wine was consumed long ago.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
Another red star on our tourist map, another historic sight we didn’t know we needed to see. The Timoleague Abbey sits beside an inlet where the Argideen estuary empties into Courtmacsherry Bay. Don’t you just love the place names in Ireland? I find some of them a mouthful, but they just keep getting better and better…Court-mac-sherry, gotta love it.
It was only a slight detour off the highway, and we were travelling along the coastal roads anyway. Anil agreed to drop me near the abbey to take a few photos while he drove to a wider place in the road to turn around. You would be surprised how few and far apart such places are. I just had to take a photo or two so that I could tell you about these friends of ours, these monks from the past who apparently had as great an interest in wines are, we are developing.