Holycross Abbey

As a destination for pilgrims, Holy Cross Abbey, near Thurles, County Tipperary, has a rich history. Pilgrims travelled here for eight centuries to venerate the relic after which the abbey and surrounding villages are named – a piece of the True Cross of Christ’s crucifixion.

Today this working parish church is a peaceful landmark and a place for quiet contemplation and historical discovery. As well as inspecting the relic of the cross, you can marvel at the building’s ornate stonework. The Sedilia is possibly the finest piece of fifteenth-century architecture in the country. The abbey also houses one of the only surviving medieval frescoes in Ireland.

Source and image credit: Heritage Ireland OPW