Inch Abbey

Inch Abbey

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Co. Down

These extensive remains are of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, by John de Courcy and set in a beautiful location beside the River Quoile, with distant views towards de Courcy's Cathedral town of Downpatrick.
Although not immediately obvious, Inch Abbey was erected on an island that is accessed by a causeway, with the River Quoile to the south and marshland to the north. Visible in the distance is Downpatrick Cathedral, burial place of Ireland’s patron saint.