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St.Mary's Abbey, Glencairn - Cistercian Monastery Ireland

Who we are

St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn is the only Cistercian monastery for women in Ireland. Our monastery is located in the Blackwater Valley, about three miles upstream from Lismore, County Waterford.

At the heart of the monastic life is the search for God.  We seek God and follow Christ in a life of prayer and community, solitude and simplicity, work and hospitality.

We follow the Rule of St Benedict, an ancient source of monastic wisdom that continues to guide many people in search of an authentic spiritual path in today’s world.

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Our monastic day consists of a balance of: Sacred reading, Prayer and Work

Our Community

Our community was founded in 1932 by Holy Cross Abbey, Stapehill, England with the support of the monks of Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford, Ireland.

The community quickly grew and in 1949 Glencairn founded the first Cistercian monastery for women in the United States; Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey, Wrentham, Massachussetts.

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News & Reflections

Launch of our New Website

We are very happy to launch our new website designed by Granite Digital.  We hope you will discover more information and insights about Cistercian life in a clear and attractive...

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Our New Book: 'A Year in the Life: Glencairn Abbey'

Over the past year at Glencairn Abbey we have been working with acclaimed professional photographer Valerie O’Sullivan on preparations for our new book which will be published by Columba Press...

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Summer Monastic Visitors

After a period of three years of building construction at Glencairn Abbey, it is wonderful to enjoy the peace and quiet of our monastic environment and share this peace once...

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Mass & Prayer Times

All are invited to join us for the liturgy.

Sundays:

4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

11:00am – Eucharist

12:40pm – Sext

3:00pm – None

6:00pm – Vespers

6:30pm – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

7:45pm – Compline

Weekdays:

4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

8:10am – Eucharist

9:45am – Terce

12:40pm – Sext

2:45pm – None

6:00pm – Vespers

7:45pm – Compline