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The Secular Abyss: Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny

The Secular Abyss: Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny
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Canons regular: they were everywhere in the Middle Ages – including in Ireland – and now they’ve almost entirely disappeared. What led to their decline, when other forms of religious life were capable of renewal? The story of Kells Priory in Co. Kilkenny helps us answer that question.

Further reading: C.A. Empey, ‘The Sacred and the Secular: The Augustinian Priory of Kells in Ossory, 1193-1541’, in Irish Historical Studies 24 (Nov, 1984), pp. 131-151; C. Ó Clabaigh OSB and M. Browne OSB (eds), Households of God: The Regular Canons and Canonesses of St Augustine and of Prémontré in Medieval Ireland (Dublin, 2019).

Acknowledgments: We are grateful to the Office of Public Works for granting permission to film at this National Monument.

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