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Littleton

Image Collage of Littleton and area.

St. Ruadhan of Lorrha founded a monastery on a raised island in the middle of the bog at Littleton.

It is called Derrynaflan (image most to the left above). It became famous when a 9th Century Chalice, paten, stand and strainer were found here in 1980, they are now in the National Museum in Dublin. Kilcooley Abbey is close to Littleton.

Kilcooly Abbey is on a private estate (Mr.P.D.Ponsonby). It is just outside Urlingford and lies within County Tipperary. Formally a Cistercian Abbey it was built in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St.Benedict. Built in about 1182 for the monks of Maigh Airbh by Donal Mor O'Brien, King of Thomond.

It was colonised from Jerpoint in 1184.

Littleton Bog.
Stacking the Turf, at Littleton Bog.

Castle at Grallagh.
Above the Castle at Grallagh.


Restoration is in progress here. The outer defensive walls are being restored. Access direct.

About four miles South West of Littleton stands the 16th Century Tower House and bawn called Grallagh as above.

 

 

 

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