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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

Region of the Isles Pastoral Sharing of Superiors

The Pastoral Sharing meeting of the superiors of the OCSO Region of the Isles together with our new Abbot General Dom Bernardus Peeters has just concluded at Brownshill Monastery, Slough,...


Irish Contemplative Nuns Gathering at Ballyvaloo

There was a wonderful atmosphere at this year’s gathering of contemplative nuns of Ireland at Ballyvaloo Conference and Retreat Centre in Co. Wexford, from 9 – 12 May, 2022. Sr...


Diocesan Retreat for Deacons at Glencairn

The Permanent Deacons of Cork and Ross had their first diocesan retreat here in Glencairn Abbey from Friday 6th May to Sunday 8th May.  It was led by Bishop Michael Duignan, the...


Mass & Prayer Times

Easter 2022: During this time of high numbers of Covid cases, we regret that our church, due to its small size, will remain closed for all our services, including our Easter Triduum ceremonies.


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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