A Georgian mansion (c. 1800) with an estate of about 150 mostly fertile arable hectares situated in Northern Ireland was purchased in 1948. Other buildings were added on prior to the construction of an entirely new monastery in the 1960s, which was necessitated by the increasing numbers joining the community. The numbers peaked around 1970.
1967: opening and blessing of the new church.
The monastery is situated in the Northern part of Ireland where the centuries-old political conflict between the English and Irish (later to have a religious Catholic/Protestant dimension) still simmers and flares up from time to time.
Oliver FARRELL, Superior (01/09/1948 – 08/07-1951), Abbot (08/07/1951-17/09/1958)
Aengus DUNPHY, Abbot (22/10/1958 – 26/09/1977)
Work and Sources of Income
A changing economic climate has meant that the farm no longer provides the community with a viable source of income. This comes mainly from a religious shop, a craftshop and a printery; with something as well from the donations left by the steady stream of visitors.