A Letter from Ireland:

Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey, Near Cashel, County Tipperary

Hore Abbey – near Cashel in County Tipperary.

Sometimes places and names have nothing to do with each other …. We visited the Rock of Cashel today in County Tipperary. Have you been there?

While we were there we took this picture of nearby “Hore/Hoare” Abbey” – a 13th century Cistercian abbey – nice, isn’t it? We managed to get the gable of the wall with a view of snow-clad Galtymore mountain in the background. A rare sight around these parts.

I notice that one of the names on our list is Hore/Hoare – a name of anglo-saxon descent – which probably arrived in Ireland after the 14th century.

So, where did this abbey get it’s name? Well, probably from the Irish for Yew Tree – which were typically planted in the cloisters of these abbeys and live for in excess of a thousand years (there’s one in Muckross Abbey in Killarney still growing among the ruins).

But – then again – maybe someone with the surname of Hore/Hoare has a connection with the Abbey that we don’t know about, and it’s entered into folk memory. You know … sometimes … you just don’t know!