Holycross Abbey in Co. Tipperary gets its name from the fact that for over 800 years a relic of the true cross was associated with the Abbey. It was a source of pilgrimage and devotion for many. A relic of the True Cross drew pilgrims from far and wide since its foundation by Dónal Mór Ó Briain, King of Limerick, in 1182AD. Around 1400AD the Butlers of Ormond were patrons and many renovations were carried out. A second relic, the Ormond Relic, was enshrined in the Abbey. Many of the unique architectural features date from the 15th century rebuild.
Holycross Abbey is part of Ireland’s Ancient East Trail.
There are guided tours available of Holycross Abbey.
A guided tour of Holycross Abbey is available February to October inclusive, every Wed and Sunday at 2pm, and at any other time by prior arrangement on phone: 00353 86 1665869 or
Occasionally, tours may be rescheduled to facilitate religious ceremonies.