Durrow Abbey, Durrow, Tullamore, County Offaly,
residential headquarters of the Foundation.
Durrow Abbey is a
substantial state owned property in County Offaly. It is kindly
leased to us on a permanent basis by the Irish Government.
Durrow has a uniquely Irish
and Celtic resonance, being the site of one of Ireland’s
oldest and most important High Crosses, The Durrow Cross, currently
housed in the family church beside the house. Durrow Abbey was
founded by Ct Columcille or Columba nearly a millennium ago and
is a site of great archaeological and national importance. It
is also believed to be the source of the beautiful ancient manuscript,
the Book of Durrow, which predates the Book of Kells. The Book
of Durrow is currently on display at Trinity College, Dublin.
A comprehensive restoration plan is in place
at Durrow Abbey Demense. The positive use of the house and lands
in a manner compatible with its architectural, archaeological
and historical importance as a sacred site will be ongoing as
part of the mission of the foundation. Restoration Programmes
carried out in Durrow will highlight the importance of our national
culture, traditional workmanship, the importance of our heritage
and respect for the beauty and value in one’s surroundings is essential and
intrinsic to the healing process.