St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin

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St. Mary's Abbey was a former Cistercian abbey located near Abbey Street in Dublin, Ireland. Its territory stretched from the district known as Oxmanstown down along the River Liffey until it met the sea. It also owned large estates in other parts of Ireland. It was one of several liberties that existed in Dublin since the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century, which gave it jurisdiction over its lands.
The abbey was founded by the Irish king Máel Sechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid (died 862) in 846, according to the Annals of the Four Masters. It was originally Benedictine, but in 1139 was given by Malachy O'Morga, the legate of the Pope, to monks belonging to the Congregation of Savigny, which in 1147 joined the Cistercian order.
In 1303, a great part of the abbey and church was destroyed by fire, but was re-constructed. However, many of the city records in chancery stored in the abbey were destroyed. The abbey was one of the largest and richest in Ireland at that time.
In 1316 Robert de Nottingham, then Mayor of Dublin, attacked the abbey where the Earl of Ulster, Richard Óg de Burgh, was visiting. De Burgh was suspected of having brought Edward Bruce, who was then marching on Dublin, to Ireland. Several of de Burgh's men were killed before he was captured, and as the monks were suspected of supporting Bruce, the abbey was laid waste.
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  • The remains of the Abbey are above the picturesque village of Howth. The Vista on the island of Ireland's Eye is very nice, but for the rest, this is a piece of Abbey, in the middle of a local graveyard, which is still used for burials. You'll find beautiful headstones, and beautiful Celtic crosses, and on a small stroll here not long after, you should stay around. You can better enjoy the friendly atmosphere that prevails in the village of down there.
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  • During our trip to this ruin come by and visit. Impressive age, careful restorations, but otherwise Church, such as the remaining 100 visited
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