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Arklow Abbey

Little remains today of the old Dominican priory in Arklow. It was situates at the southern end of the town and had 122 acres attached to it.

 

It was called 'Holy Cross' and there are records of friars in or from the area up to the nineteenth century. The friars lost possession of the site in the sixteenth century but continued to live somewhere else around the Arklow area for almost 250 years. The cross in the middle of the graveyard is said to have come from the church. This is unlikely as the erosion implies it to be much younger. Many of the adjoining buildings are made of stones that could have been part of the original priory and church buildings.

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Taken on June 9, 2012