Moore Abbey Forest is just outside Monasterevin on the R417 road to Athy. St Evin founded a monastery here in the fifth century (Monasterevin) which fell into decay in the ninth century and was refounded as a Cistercian monastery in the 12th century. Later the abbey and manor were granted to the son-in-law of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Edward Moore - hence Mooreabbey.
Famous Irish tenor John McCormack leased the building for 13 years....
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