European Vacation – October 6/19 – Collon, Ireland – Part 2 – New Mellifont Abbey

The first Cistercians came to Ireland in 1142 and built Old Mellifont Abbey. In 1152, the abbey hosted the Synod of Kells-Mellifont. After dissolution in 1539, the abbey became a private manor house. The treaty of Mellifont was signed here in 1603 and the abbey served as William of Orange’s headquarters in the 1690 Battle of the Boyne. Today, Old Mellifont Abbey lies in ruins.


New Mellifont Abbey was created in 1938, when Cardinal McRory invited the monks of Mount Melleray Abbey in Co. Waterford to found a new monastery at Oriel Temple, Collon on lands that had been part of Mellifont Abbey for hundreds of years. The present community, while reduced in numbers continues to live a life based on Cistercian values. They run a farm and garden in the area.

(Source:Mellifont Abbey)

While we visited Old Mellifont in 2008, we did not return on this trip. We did take a Sunday morning stroll through New Mellifont and enjoyed the pastoral quiet of the grounds. There used to be a printing press on the property, but it is now closed. Cousin J worked his whole career in this printing office.

The walk around the grounds

Pastoral scenes

sunny morn
in the shadows
in the shadows – closeup
contented cattle
farm fields
the old printing press building
the chapel
the cemetery
entrance to the cemetery
abbey living quarters and chapel

8 thoughts on “European Vacation – October 6/19 – Collon, Ireland – Part 2 – New Mellifont Abbey

    1. You are welcome Susie. That would be a good walking path for this day. Sigh. Guess we will walk our town instead. Thanks for reading and hope your arm is making good progress. Cheers. Allan


    1. A lucky sunny day, for sure and what better place to walk on a Sunday that on a Cistercian abbey property. Spring has sprung here today, Lynette. How about where you are? Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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