Coole Abbey is a really interesting site, located about 4-5 miles outside of the scenic town of Castlelyons in Co Cork. The site of an early medieval monastery, founded by St Abban in the 6th century, today all that remains of the early monastery are two churches and a holy well. Of the surviving churches the smaller of the two sits in a field beside the road from Conna to Castlelyons. The larger church is located c. 200m to the northeast in an historic graveyard.
Cúil is the Irish for Coole and it translates as corner or nook. Early medieval documents refer to the abbey as Cúil Chollaigne.
The Saints Associated with Coole
Coole is associated with two saints Abban (Abán) and Dalbach.
St Abban was born into the Uí Chormaic (Dál gCormaic )…
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