Monasterevin Parish will this year celebrate a Dawn Mass on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2010 at 6.00am at Moore Abbey, Monasterevin All are very welcome.

Easter Sunday 4th April 2010

Fr Liam Merrigan, Parish Priest of Monasterevin will celebrate dawn mass on the steps of the main house, in the beautiful and historic grounds of Moore Abbey, Monasterevin at 6.00am on Easter Sunday morning and all are welcome to attend.

Moore Abbey

Monasterevin takes its name from St. Evin who founded a monastery here in the 6th century. Moore Abbey stands on the original site of the Cistercian Monastery. It is a large mansion built in Gothic style. The present day Moore Abbey is thought to have been the site of the Cistercian Abbey founded in 1189. The Cistercians called it the “Valley of the Roses”. As with all Cistercian Abbeys of the time it had an enormous influence on the economy and life of the town. They provided alms, food and health services. After the Dissolution the property eventually passed into the hands of the Moores – Earls of Drogheda. They built not only Monasterevin but much of Dublin. The gothic-styled Moore Abbey we know today was started in the early 17th century. In 1938 the Sisters of Charity of Jesus bought Moore Abbey where they now have a training school for nurses of the mentally disabled and a home for the mentally disabled. There is also a daytime workshop for clients from Co. Kildare and Co. Laois.