Athassel Priory

Athassel Priory


Location: 8 km (5 mi ) West of Coshel, County Tipperary Map

Open: daily


Athassel Priory is an Augustine monastery those ruins can be found 8 km (5 mi ) West of Coshel, County Tipperary in Ireland. The Augustinian regular canonical monastery was founded by William fitzAdelm de Burgo at the end of the 12th century. The buildings date almost exclusively from the 13th century and were only slightly modified in later repairs. In 1319 and 1329 Irish troops destroyed the monastery because the anglo-Norman family de Burgo supported the monks. The reconstruction, however, did not lead to major changes. However, a further destruction in 1447 led to the decline of the monastery, as apparently the roof of the church was not rebuilt.

Construction and arrangement of the monastic buildings are committed to the style of the Cistercian monasteries. This is particularly evident in the rectangular choir, the chapter Hall, the cross-House chapels and the dormitory room with dormitory staircase. A finely-crafted Portal to the refectory in the South is well preserved. The cloister, however, has been largely destroyed and the once flourishing urban settlement, which lay in front of the monastery, has disappeared.

In 2004, the 800-year-old monastery complex was included in the List of 100 Most Endangered Monuments of the World Monuments Fund's. As of 2009, substance-preserving remediation measures will take place.