Monaincha Abbey

Monaincha sits on the Island in a lake. The lake has drained, but Mona Incha is still a wonderful place and one of the most picturesque ruins in Ireland. Indeed, it is regarded by many as one of the most intact early Christian monastic sites in the world.

Founded in the eighth century, it soon became the most famous pilgrimage site in Munster. In fact, it was described in the 10th century as the 31st wonder of the world. Highlights include a fine Romanesque doorway and a unique high cross, made from fragments of other crosses, with carved horsemen, the crucifiction and Celtic designs forming a decorative collage.