School: Clochar na Trócaire, Cill na Mullach (roll number 11855)

Buttevant, Co. Cork
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0369, Page 310

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  1. Ballybeg Abbey :- At Ballybeg, on the bank of the Awbeg, a small walk from Buttevant, are the ruins of an Augustinian Abbey, founded in 1237, and dedicated to St. Thomas, by William de Barry, being endowed by his son David, who founded the monastery at Buttevant. This house and its revenues were granted to Sir Daniel Norton, Knight, in trust for the Lady Norris, wife of Sir Thomas Norris, Lord President of Munster, and mother to the Lady Jephson, wife to Sir John Jephson, who passed a patent for the same. The lands belonging to this abbey contained 2,060 Irish acres, and by a valuation taken in 1622, were only worth £60 a year ; at the same time the tythes and glebes belonging to it were valued at £200 per Ann.
    Some part of the building, particularly the steeple which was a strong structure, and the east window of the chancel have out-lived the injuries of time. By the holes which remain in the vaulted roof of the steeple, there were here a chime of bells. The traces of the foundation and a high tower, detached a considerable way to the south west (once a part of this fabric) show it to have been a very large and magnificent structure.
    Adjoining Ballybeg Abbey is a large field, called Pigeon field in digging which some years ago a vault was discovered lined with images. The images were broken up and used to repair the road.
    In 1815 the landlady of an inn in Buttevant gives the following account of Ballybeg Abbey
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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    Ballybeg West, Co. Cork