Molana Priory (Irish: Dairinis), also commonly called Molana Abbey, is a monastic foundation of the 6th century, located on a small island in the River Blackwater in County Waterford, Ireland. The monastery was refounded as an Augustinian priory in the 12th century.
Location [ edit ]
View from the opposite banks of the River Blackwater
Bridge and dam leading to Molana Island from the southern side, likewise seen from the opposite banks
Dam which connects Molana island to the main land
Trail along the dam to Molana Island, offering a view of the River Blackwater
Northward view of the River Blackwater from Molana Island
View of Ballynatray House from Molana island
Another view from the island to Ballynatray House
Map of the vicinity of Molana Priory
Ground plans [ edit ]
Ground plan without captions
... with English captions
According to Patrick Power (see references in the ground plan without captions) the nave dates from pre-invasion times and is therefore the oldest part of the buildings.
View of the west window from inside the nave
View of the west window from outside
Northern entrance to the nave, a late addition by the Smyth family in the 19th century
According to Patrick Power, the choir is of the 13th century in early English style.
Northern choir windows as seen from inside
Northern choir windows as seen from outside
Southern choir windows as seen from outside
Another view of the southern choir windows from outside
Ruines of the eastern gable of the choir as seen from outside
East wing [ edit ]
The east wing includes the sacristy (which communicates with the choir), the chapter room, a parlour, and a dormitory in the upper floor.
East wing as seen from outside
Southern gable of the east wing with the windows that gave light to the staircase to the dormitory
Southern gable of the east wing as seen from the inside
South wing [ edit ]
The south wing was dedicated to the refectory.
Outside view of the refectory
Another outside view of the refectory from south-east
Surviving window and reader's pulpit of the refectory
Inside view of the west gable of the refectory
East gable of the refectory as seen from outside
Memorial plaque of the Smyth family at the east gable of the refectory
West wing [ edit ]
The smaller western wing was used for the kitchen.
Western range of the monastery including the ruins of the kitchen and the west gable of the refectory
Entrance to the kitchen in the north gable of the west wing
Cloister garth [ edit ]
Statue of St. Molanfide in the center of the cloister yard
The same statue as seen from the east with the door leading to the kitchen in the background
Western wall of the cloister garth with the door leading to the kitchen
Prior's lodge [ edit ]
The two storey structure that is attached to the northern side of the choir was most likely used as a lodge by the prior.
East side of the prior's lodge
North wall of the prior's lodge as seen from north east
West wall of the prior's lodge
External building [ edit ]
There is a detached building on the island, located south-west of the main structure, which could have served as a hospital or guest house.