Historical Cloyne

Cloyne has a rich history…

Cloyne or as it is called in Irish; Cluain Uamha – Meadow of the Caves. Cluain Uamha is named as one of the royal seats of the King of Cashel Cairpre Crom, King of Cashel, granted Cluain Uamha, one of his royal estates, to Coleman as a site for his monastery. The celebrated Cormac, King & Archbishop of Cashel, directed that at his death, he should be buried in Cloyne.

The bishopric of Cloyne was founded by St. Colman Colman Mac Lénéni, (530-606) as his principal monastery in the sixth century. The cathedral which also dates from a very ancient period is a low cruciform structure, but has been so frequently repaired and patched that it is wholly devoid of architectural beauty.

Close to the cathedral is a round tower, one of the most curious and ancient in Ireland. Originally it was 92 feet in height, but on the night of January 10, 1794, it was struck by lightning, and its conical top and three of its lofts with the bell was destroyed. An embattlement was subsequently built around the summit, making its present height 102 feet.

Cloyne is famous as  the home of the philosopher George Berkley (1685-1753).

To the West of Cloyne stands a 4000 year old Dolman, and further evidence exists that in early Christian times, to be buried in Cloyne had some peculiar virtue.

We now hold it in trust for you and future generations.