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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

Watch our New Video About Cistercian Life at Glencairn Abbey

A short video about the different elements of the Cistercian charism as lived at Glencairn Abbey, following Christ through the Gospel as interpreted by the Rule of St Benedict and...


Upcoming Monastic Experience Weekend: 28 - 30 October, 2022

Are you discerning your vocation and would like to know more about Glencairn Abbey and our way of life as Cistercians? We  invite you to visit Glencairn for a Monastic...


A Visit to Glencairn from Monastic Author Esther De Waal

Living near the ruins of the 12th century Dore Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Herefordshire founded in 1147, it was here, as she sat in the silence of the ruined...


Mass & Prayer Times

Covid Update 2022: During this time of high numbers of Covid cases, we regret that our church will remain closed for all our services.


4:10am – Vigils

7:45am – Lauds

8:15am – 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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