The world-famous Kylemore Abbey, dramatically located in a magnificent former castle on the shores of Kylemore Lough in Connemara, has been home to a branch of Benedictine nuns that fled Belgium during World War I. Bombed out of Ypres, where they had been based for hundreds of years, the nuns were rescued by the Royal Munster Fusiliers before eventually finding their new home in Kylemore in 1920.
Renowned historian Deirdre Raftery tells the astonishing story of the Benedictines of Kylemore Abbey in this beautifully illustrated book, the first fully illustrated account of this historic order.
The nuns’ modern daily lives producing handmade soap and chocolate and tending their lovingly restored Victorian walled garden and Gothic church, are lavishly documented, supplementing the fascinating range of archival imagery also featured.
This is an absolute must-buy for anyone interested in Irish history, Kylemore Abbey and the savage beauty of Connemara.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The Irish Dames of Ypres
2. The Journey towards Kylemore, 1914–1920
3. Connemara and Kylemore in the Nineteenth Century
4. The Benedictines at Kylemore Abbey, 1920–1959
5. Growth and Change: The Benedictines and Kylemore, 1959–2019
Epilogue by Mother Abbess Máire Hickey
About the Authors
Deidre Raftery is Professor of the History of Education at UCD, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has thirteen book publications including (jointly) Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy (2018); Transnationalism, Gender and the History of Education (2017), and was recently awarded the CHWR Distinguished Historian Award, at Notre Dame. Her research specialism is the history of women religious (nuns).
Catherine KilBride was Director-Education of The Marketing Institute, before moving into third-level education, lecturing in Education Leadership and supervising pre-service teachers at University College Dublin. She is now a full-time writer and translator. This is her fourth book.