Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland: A 19th Century Abbey and Walled Gardens on Lake Pollacappull

Kylemore Abbey, in the Connemara area of County Galway was originally constructed as a Castle in 1869 before it was converted into an Abbey and home to Benedictine Nuns around 1920. The Benedictine Nuns had an Abbey in Belgium (that provided a sanctuary of religious education during times of persecution for Irish women) until the bombs began dropping in World War I forcing them to vacate their Abbey. They continued their mission; taking up residence at Kylemore Abbey with the support of the local religious authorities and ran an International Boarding School here until early in the 21st century.

According to Mary Reed, Director of Development, Kylemore Abbey US Campaign, I have learned the following: Eleven Benedictine Nuns remain on site, and continue to run Kylemore after the school's closure in 2010. There is a campaign underway (based out of Fordham Law School) raising funds for a new education center for college studies. This campaign is focused on enlisting United States school alumni and others in the U.S. who would like to become involved. For more information on this campaign go to www.friendsofkylemoreabbey.com 

Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens are spectacularly situated and well worth a visit. I can't imagine a more beautiful locale to further one's education!

 

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway Ireland