The Benedictine Nuns & Kylemore Abbey: A History

by Deirdre Raftery

The world-famous Kylemore Abbey, dramatically located in a magnificent former castle on the shores of Kylemore Lough in Connemara, has been home to a branch of Benedictine nuns that fled Belgium during World War I. Bombed out of Ypres, where they had been based for hundreds of years, the nuns were rescued by the Royal Munster Fusiliers before eventually finding their new home in Kylemore in 1920. Renowned historian Deirdre Raftery tells the astonishing story of the Benedictines of Kylemore Abbey in this beautifully illustrated book, the first fully illustrated account of this historic order. The nuns' modern daily lives producing handmade soap and chocolate and tending their lovingly restored Victorian walled garden and Gothic church, are lavishly documented, supplementing the fascinating range of archival imagery also featured. This is an absolute must-buy for anyone interested in Irish history, Kylemore Abbey and the savage beauty of Connemara.

210 pages.

ISBN: 9781785373220

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Date of Publication: 31/05/2020

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