Sunday November 29, 2020

Road Less Travelled

Trail name: Count John McCormack Way. Recreation site: Moore Abbey, Co Kildare. Length: 3.5km. Time: one hour. Degree of difficulty: easy. Metres climb: 50.

21st April, 2012
Moore Abbey, Co Kildare: the Count John McCormack Way follows the outer loop of the forest passing through an area of mixed conifer/broadleaf woodland.

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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