Monday January 20, 2020

The quiet life: Behind the scenes at Limerick's Glenstal Abbey

A new photo book gives a glimpse inside the Limerick Benedictine monastery, with its botanical splendour and simple life of praying, baking bread and serving the community

20th October, 2019
Br Justin making candles

‘It’s sort of a Beatrix Potter version of what a monastery should be,” says Fr Mark Patrick Hederman of Glenstal Abbey, Through the Seasons, a new book chronicling the inner workings of the Limerick Benedictine monastery.

“It’s like an extended calendar allowing people to see how the other side lives.”

That calendar-style beauty is thanks to the photography of Valerie O’Sullivan. Having created successful photo books of...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Saturday. Here’s your guide to what’s on, what it all means and, most importantly, where to eat the best dumplings

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire | 1 day ago

That casually trendy music that plays in your favourite clothing shop or restaurant is not there by accident: it’s carefully selected, compiled and processed to encourage you to stay and spend

Nadine O’Regan | 1 day ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 1 day ago