Photographer: Hudson, John
Medium: Photographic print
"The enchanting ruin of Muckross Abbey consists of part of the convent and church; it is remarkable for its preservation, seclusion, beauty of situation, and accompanying venerable trees, which render it one of the most interesting abbey ruins in Ireland.
The entire length of the church is about 100 feet, its beadth 24. In the centre of the still beautiful cloister an aged yew tree lifts its massive trunk of ten feet in girth thirteen feet high, throws its fantastic arms across the broken parapet, and by its sombre shade adds to the prevailing gloominess of the scene. The dormitories, the kitchen, the refectory, the cellars, the infirmary, and other chambers are in a state of comparative preservation; the upper rooms are unroofed, and the coarse grass grows abundantly among them. The cloister, which consists of twenty-two arches - ten of them semi-circular and twelve pointed - is the best preserved portion of the Abbey. Several of the Kings of Munster are said to be buried here, and in the centre of the choir is the vault of the Mac Carthys, princes of Desmond, marked by a rudely-sculptured monument.
The demesne of Muckross Abbey, the beautiful seat of Mr. Herbert, embraces the peninsula which separates the Lower and Middle Lakes, stretches also along the southern shores of the latter, and includes Torc Mountain and Waterfall. A fine mansion, in the Elizabethan style, has been erected, and other corresponding improvements effected. This seat possesses such natural capabilities, such extent and combinations of wood, water, and mountain, as are no where else to be met with."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson