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A Little Piece of Ypres in Connemara


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Yesterday I visited Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.


One of the displays is a silver-mounted sliver of stone from the Benedictine Abbey of Ypres, recovered "under German shellfire," by William Redmond MP, and two other officers, on 30th December 1916. I believe the significance of this particular piece of stone is that it contains an altar consecration mark, though that was not stated.


The Abbey, which is actually the successor house to the destroyed Ypres Abbey, also contains several other items from the original foundation (1688), including portraits of the Right Reverend Lady Abbesses, vestments made from English state robes, original portraits of the founder of the Abbey (James II), and a cavalry standard captured from the British at the battle of Ramillies in 1706.

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6 minutes ago, Margaretnolan said:

That’s quite interesting. Looks like a visit is on the cards so. 


Kylemore Abbey is  a spectacular place, irrespective of any connections to Ypres. It sits on the edge of a lake, surrounded by mountains on all sides. Not another dwelling in sight. Well worth a visit. There is a very large walled garden, which is beautiful in the present glorious weather.

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