The Abbey in Clane was built on the site of one of Ireland’s oldest monasteries, said to be founded by St. Ailbe around 520 AD. It hosted the famous Synod of Clane in 1162 and was the Church of Ireland’s home until a new church was built in Millicent in 1883.
The building fell into disrepair – the roof caved in and some of the walls partially collapsed. In the 1970s, however, the tower was made safe, and in the 1980s under the stewardship of Clane Community Council the building was restored and ultimately reopened as a Community Centre – a valuable new amenity for the community.
The grounds of the Abbey have recently been landscaped into a Garden of Remembrance. An information board and plaques record those buried on the site, as well as a surprising number of remarkable people associated with Clane.
Renting the Abbey
The Abbey Community Centre is available to rent for both once-off and regular bookings.
The Main Hall boasts a large stage and removable seating for up to 160 people, however for 2m Physical Distancing the maximum capacity is 20 people on the Main Hall floor and 6 people on the Main Stage. The Abbey also includes a kitchenette, bathrooms and other facilities, and is surrounded by the picturesque Garden of Remembrance.
Bookings can be arranged for any time of day, 7 days a week. The current rate is €15 an hour. Please note that anyone organising a booking must supply evidence that they have suitable insurance before their booking can be confirmed.
Many of the key ongoing bookings for the Abbey are listed below. For further enquiries, please contact Anne Noonan at 087 689 7376 or email ClaneCommunityCouncil@gmail.com.