View of Mucross Abbey, Great Lake of Killarney, Ireland
Artist: Walmsley, Thomas
Muckross Abbey on the banks of the Great lake of Killarney in south west Ireland. Originally the abbey was known as the Monastery of 'Oir Bhealach' or 'Eastern Way'. The building of this abbey was a huge undertaking and although work was started in 1448 it did not finish for over 50 years. The abbey was suppressed by Cromwellians in 1652. The abbey was the burial place of local Chieftains and, in the 17th and 18th centuries, of the Kerry Poets, O'Donoghue, O'Rathaille and O'Suillehhain.