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Mount St. Joseph Abbey is an abbey of the Trappist branch of the Cistercians located in County Offaly, near Roscrea, County Tipperary in Ireland.

Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea
Monastery information
Established21 March 1878
Founder(s)Count Arthur Moore MP
LocationRoscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Public accessYes

The abbey was founded in 1878 by a group of 32 monks from Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford. The church was opened for worship in 1883 and a Boarding school - Cistercian College, Roscrea - was founded in 1905. The first superior was Dom Athanasius O'Donovan (born Daniel O'Donovan).[1]

Mount St. Joseph contains several stained glass windows created by Harry Clarke or his studios. Three windows in the infirmary, three later windows in the chapel of the college and a 1960s window dedicated to St. Patrick for the abbey church.[2]

Three foundations have been made from Mount Saint Joseph - Nunraw (Scotland) in 1946, Tarrawarra (Australia) in 1954, and Bolton (County Kildare) in 1964.

The Nationalist, Home Rule supporting MP the Catholic, Count Arthur John Moore who donated the six hundred-acre property, and buildings to the Cistercians, where the Abbey and College is, is buried in Mount St Josephs.



  • Dom Athanasius Donovan (Prior)
  • Dom Camillus Beardwood
  • Dom Justin McCarthy
  • Dom Camillus Claffey
  • Dom Eugene Boylan
  • Dom Colmcille O'Toole
  • Dom Laurence Walsh
  • Dom Kevin Daly
  • Dom Richard Purcell (current)

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  1. ^ Genealogical Memoir of the O'Donovans,Ch. 6. by Rev. Michael O'Donovan, published 1902
  2. ^,10,harry_clarke_windows_tour

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