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Molana abbey - Near Youghal

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Molana Abbey is a fascinating ruin just 4 kilometres from Youghal town in the grounds of Ballynatray House which is partially open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 to 4.30 between Easter and the 1st October.

Molana Abbey and the 1km walk to it through the grounds and along the banks of the Blackwater is a pleasure not to be missed. This is a five star attraction and all visitors to Youghal should ensure that this is included in their agenda. Car parking is approximately 400 metres up the hill from the gates and the loose gravel paths are not wheelchair nor pushchair friendly.

To get to Molana Abbey take the Dungarvan road, and immediately before the bridge over the river take the left turn signposted the 'The Scenic Route', this road runs parallels to the Blackwater. The first right turn leads onto a short narrow lane beside which is a ruin associated with the medieval castle of Rhinecrew (nearby), built by the Knights Templar, together with an old church and graveyard. Park here. Continue on foor along the scenic route for a 400 metres to the right you will see wide yellow brick pillars, which lead to the estate of Ballynatray.
 
A monastery was founded on the site of Molana in the 6th century by St. Macbanfaidh and was refounded for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine towards the close of the 12th century. The church contains some fine lancet windows, while the chapter room is said to be the last resting place of Raymond LeGros, who came with the first wave of Anglo-Norman conquerors and died in 1186. Molana Abbey was a powerful influence throughout Ireland from about the 6th century and this was to last until the 1540s when King Henry VIII disolved the monasteries throughout Britain and Ireland.

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