Mount Melleray Abbey is a community of Cistercian (Trappist) monks and is situated on the slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains. The monastery was founded on 30th May 1832 at Scrahan, Cappoquin by a colony of Irish and English monks expelled from the abbey of Melleray after the French Revolution of 1830. It was called Mount Melleray in memory of the motherhouse. Today, the abbey continues to be a tranquil religious community.
There is an exhibition centre which outlines the history of Mount Melleray in word and picture, through a series of panels. These begin with the arrival of the Cistercians in Ireland through the ages.
The Cloisters Tea Rooms are open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 o'clock until 4.30. The book shop opens daily from 2.30pm until 5pm where a selection of books and religious items are available.
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