- The Barrington family built Glenstal Abbey as a family residence in the 1830s. It was built to resemble a 12th-century castle, and is a building of great significance in the area. The family transformed the surrounding land by planting an array of trees and shrubs and creating several artificial lakes as water features. In 1920, the family moved to England and the castle was sold to the Benedictine order. Today the Abbey has a secondary school with an arts and crafts school attached. It has a new church, which holds a display of silver and metal work by a member of the community, Brother Benedict Tutty, along with a magnificent collection of Orthodox icons from Eastern Europe. Glenstal has become a well-known centre for liturgical conferences in recent years.
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