Muckross Abbey, Spring 2018 Photos, Part 1

I visited the Muckross Abbey ruins in spring 2018. Muckross Abbey is located in County Kerry, Ireland. On my Instagram @the_mediaeval_monk, some of my followers expressed interest in seeing my old photos of the abbey’s ruins.

I’m splitting the photos up into several blog posts. This is so people can admire Muckross Abbey’s beauty without feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of photos in each blog post. (I know I get overwhelmed when I see very big photo dumps! Surely other people are the same, right?)

A Brief History of Muckross Abbey

According to the Killarney National Park website, Muckross Abbey was founded in 1448 by Daniel McCarthy Mor. It was a Franciscan friary. People have been buried in Muckross Abbey’s cemetery for centuries. The cemetery holds Irish chieftains, poets, and local residents. As you’ll see from the photos below, it’s no wonder people want to be buried in such a gorgeous place!


The Ruins of Muckross Abbey from a distance
The Ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) from a distance | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) from a distance. Also some water. Maybe a pond. (Or was it a stream?) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
Part of Muckross Abbey’s (Co. Kerry, Ireland) ruins. Note the window frame | | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) ruins | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
An old (?) gravestone at Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) ruins. I’m not sure what it says. Comment if you can read it, as I’d love to know who this belongs to | | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) ruins. I took the photo at a funny angle because at the time I felt like it lol. Also with this angle, I was able to capture more in the photo. | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
A Memorial in the ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
A grave at the ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
A tiny slit window looking out into greenery at the ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
Graves at the ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018
The ruins of Muckross Abbey (Co. Kerry, Ireland) | Source: Viktor Athelstan 2018

Works Cited:

“Muckross Abbey.” Killarney National Park. Accessed April 18, 2022. https://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit-us/muckross-abbey/.

Quick Update

As you can tell, I have not been super active on my blog, podcast, and Patreon lately. It’s been a weird two months. I had surgery in December and a lot of stressful stuff has happened since. (It’s always one thing after the other and it seems to happen all at once too!)

A while ago I had a poll on Instagram for my next article topic. (Medieval monastic corporal punishment won.) Due to things in my personal life (recovery, deadlines, etc.) I haven’t had a lot of energy to do the full amount of research the topic of medieval monastic corporal punishment deserves. 

Fear not! It’s still on my list of future blog posts. However, I am putting that particular topic on the back burner for now. I enjoy writing for this blog and want to produce more content. So my next few posts will be a bit more casual (but still informational!) and probably a bit shorter too. 

(In the future I’ll post an explanation of how I differentiate between academic and casual writing on my blog, as what I refer to as academic content is still much more informal than writing you’d find in actual academia (verses in an internet blog).)

My next few posts will relate to the non-fiction books I read at the end of 2021 and in January 2022. These books mostly focused on medieval views of gender, sexuality, and (sometimes) how they related to the medieval church. Because of this, you can expect some common themes to come up!

It’s NaNoWriMo!

Hello!

It’s officially NaNoWriMo! (NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month for anyone unaware.) During the month of November writers will try to write a novel/at least 50,000 words in a month. Or they will work on another project. It totally depends on what kind of writer they are. Some writers have a different number of words for their end goal, but 50,000 is pretty standard.

This year I am participating in NaNoWriMo so November will be pretty sparse regarding new blog posts. However, I will try to record some more podcast episodes!

In October I put up a poll on my Instagram story for what my next blog post should be about. These were the options:

  • Humors and their respective temperaments
  • Corporal punishment in medieval monasteries

Corporal punishments in medieval monasteries won!

Once NaNoWriMo is over, I’ll start working on that article.

Until then, happy November!

My 100th Post!!!

I can’t believe that I’ve already written 100 articles on this blog! I’ve been running this website since September 2019, so it is absolutely incredible that I’ve finally reached this milestone.

Men and women dancing | Royal MS 10 E IV f.311v | Source: The British Library

I want to thank everyone who has ever visited my little corner of the Internet. I hope you’ve found it informative and fun to return to.

Thank you again and here’s to 100 more!

My Social Media

I’m feeling a bit tired this week, but I still wanted to post something so I’m sharing some of my social media in case you are interested in following me.

At the moment I’m most active on my Instagram. You can find me here:

Instagram: @the_mediaeval_monk

I post images from medieval manuscripts and occasionally reels. I like to do polls and every few weeks I’ll do a little dice game on my story. People send me an action, I’ll roll a 20 sided die, and I’ll create a mini-story depending on how high the roll was. (The higher the number the more successful your action was.) So far there is an ongoing story about a hapless alchemist. (You can see previous submissions in my highlights.) Sometimes I do giveaways.

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I have a TikTok as well. I finally caved and made one. You can find my account here:

TikTok: @the_mediaeval_monk

So far I’ve only posted a few videos. They mostly pertain to medieval topics and art, but I’ve also posted a book review. I’ll probably be posting other mini book reviews there as well. Other videos include explaining what fabliaux are, showing some recipes from the Lacnunga, and rating medieval art.

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You can also find me on Twitter.

Twitter: @mediaevalmonk

I post images from medieval manuscripts, links to my blog, and occasionally I’ll post my personal thoughts. I’m not super active there, but I’m trying to be!

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I’m also on Facebook.

Facebook: The Mediaeval Monk

Similar to my Twitter, I post images and links to my blog. I’m not super active there, but every so often I’ll post a link to an article I wrote.

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Finally, you can also find me on Ko-fi.

Ko-fi: Viktor Athelstan

I usually will post my articles there first before I post them on my blog. If you are interested in supporting me, that is where you can do so. I appreciate all your support!