Killagha Abbey, Kerry,Ireland

Visions Of The Past

Killagha Abbey, also known as ‘Kilcolman’ or ‘Killagha Abbey of Our Lady of Bello Loco’ is a 13th century ruined Augustinian Abbey and former manor house in Co. Kerry, on the banks of the River Maine. The abbey was founded in 1216 on the site of an earlier monastery erected by St. Colman, hence the name Kilcolman Abbey. The abbey was founded by Geoffrey de Marisco, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and an Anglo-Norman who had received large tracts of land in Munster from King John. Killagha Abbey was a very wealthy institution, paying the third highest rate of tax in the Diocese of Ardfert in 1302. The Prior of Killagha held a lot of power in the local area and was also a member of the Irish House of Lords. Part of Killagha’s wealth must have been due to its position as a important pilgrim site and it was…

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