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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: Prayer, Work and Lectio Divina

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.


News & Reflections

Emma Brady Receives the Novice's Habit

On the feast of St Benedict, 11th July, 2019, Emma Brady, from Cavan, Ireland received the Cistercian Novice’s habit from Mother Marie Fahy, Abbess of St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn. The...


Author Kate Hennessy, Granddaughter of Dorothy Day, Visits Glencairn

We had a lovely evening of sharing and song recently with author, Kate Hennessy and her musician/composer husband Garry Jones in Glencairn. Kate, hailing from Vermont, USA, is the award-winning...


Next Monastic Vocations Weekend 3 - 5 May 2019

As we were all booked up for our last monastic vocations weekend in March for women finding out more about Cistercian life, we would like to offer women who are...


Mass & Prayer Times

All are invited to join us for the liturgy.


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


4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

8:10am – Eucharist

9:45am – Terce

12:40pm – Sext

2:45pm – None

6:00pm – Vespers

7:45pm – Compline

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