Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare Ireland

If find yourself travelling in the Adare area of Ireland,  a visit to the Holy Trinity Abbey Church is something to consider.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, efov 21.6 mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO-160

Although there is no exact date when the Holy Trinity Abbey Church’s foundation was laid, it is estimated to have occurred between 1230 and 1240.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-160

This is the original site of the only Trinitarian Abbey in Ireland. It was dissolved in the 1560’s.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO-3200

The 2nd Earl of Dunraven restored the ruins of the Trinitarian Abbey in 1809. He then gave it to the Catholic Church in Adare.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/40, ISO-1600

The building has not been subject to any major structural changes since 1884.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/40, ISO-1600

In the summer of 2010 a number of critical repairs were started to help preserve the Holy Trinity Abbey Church.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/50, ISO-1600

The parish is still active and during our visit a baptism was underway.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/30, ISO-1600

If you are travelling in the Adare area, the Holy Trinity Abbey Church is easy to find. It is located near the main visitor centre in Adare.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 13 mm, efov 35 mm, f/5.6, 1/13, ISO-1600

You’ll find beautiful stained glass, impressive stonework and many fine details. All of which make for interesting photographic subjects.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/50, ISO-1600

I used a wide angle zoom lens for all of the images in this article. Perspective control adjustments were made to most of the images in post processing.

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5 thoughts on “Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare Ireland”

  1. This is a beautiful place to visit. You have nicely captured the grandeur of the Abby. Picture no. 8 is my favorite of the set. Thanks for allowing us to virtually visit this site.

      1. Hi Tom,

        Great photos!

        And what a small world – I was in Adare around the same time, at the wedding of one of my wife’s nieces. As we discovered on a previous visit, Adare has many little boutiques, and my wife bought her wedding outfit there!

        There’s also very interesting ruins of the abbey at St Nicholas church, just outside Adare, we took some photos of the bridal party there.

        Regards Dave R

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