Secondary School Tours
Guided tours of Holycross Abbey are offered to Secondary Schools. The programme is designed to suit first to sixth year students, including TY, with graded interactive worksheets. It touches on many ‘topics for study’ of the History curriculum, including:
- Castle, church and city:
- A study of Medieval society
- The medieval monastery and parish. (Junior cycle);
- Early Modern field of studies: Irish history, 1494-1815 (Leaving Certificate);
The Abbey is an outstanding Primary Source covering wonderful architecture, art, myth, legend and life in the past. Key historical figures and events like Dónal Mór Ó Briain, The Butlers of Ormond, English Kings and Queens, The Desmond Rebellion, The War of the Two Kings, Hugh Ó Neill are connected with the story of the Abbey. There is a wealth of religious content, art and symbols here.
A tour takes about one and a half hours in total.
€ 4 per student. There is a picnic area or a room available should the students bring a packed lunch. Times may change to adapt to any religious events taking place in the Abbey.
( Worksheets will be emailed to the school for printing before the visit. If needed we can copy them for an extra € 1 per student.)
For more information and bookings please phone 086 1665869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On a tour pupils can:
- See the Relic of the True Cross which gave Holycross its name.
- Listen to the story of ‘Ceall Uachtair Lámhann’.
- Learn about the layout of the Abbey.
- View the best preserved medieval cloister.
- See the only intact chapter house archway in Ireland.
- Imagine the monks descending the original 15th century night stairs.
- Admire the highpoint of Cistercian art on the waking bier.
- Marvel at the carvings on the Grave of the Good Woman’s Son.
- Hear the folk tale about the murdered prince.
- Hear about the oldest church bell in Ireland.
- View what is left of a 15th century fresco;
- and if time permits whisper a secret at the Whispering Arch