Holycross Village - take a seat

Seat in Holycross carved by John Bourke
See how a plaque in the cloister of Holycross Abbey inspired a local write to carve a stone seat for the village.

See how a plaque in the cloister of Holycross Abbey inspired a local write to carve a stone seat for the village.

A plaque in the reading cloister of the Abbey inspired John Bourke to carve a stone seat for the village park. The Ó Congail plaque, as it is called, is inside the north east corner of the cloister near the main processional door. It has lovely lettering in Latin and foliage carvings. This commemorates Dionysius Ó Congail. He was the abbot at the time when the major renovation of the abbey in the early 15th century was taking place. The script translates as: ‘Dionysius Ó Congail, Abbot of Holycross had me made.’ An oak leaf is carved into the capital ‘D’ of the abbot’s name. Two shamrocks decorate the vertical shaft of the ‘D’. John also carved the 15th century crest of the Abbey into the seat. This is a simple Latin cross. The seat is now in place and invites the visitor to sit and rest in the shadow of the famed abbey with the Suir flowing gently south on the eastern end of the park.

Anyone wanting to take a guided walk through the village or the Abbey itself should contact HCN by phoning 086 1665869 or email holycrossabbeytours@gmail.com.