Monasterevan derived it's name from the monastery founded here by St. Abhan in the 7th century, when he placed monks here from south Munster. The Monastery was later abandoned but it was re-founded towards the end of the 12th century by Dermot O' Dempsey, King of Offaly. This is a town of many bridges the oldest being the Ballagh or pass bridge. which crosses the Barrow. Moore Abbey is a neo-gothic mansion situated near the banks of the barrow. This spacious 17th century house is built on the site of the medieval abbey and was leased to the famous tenor, Count John McCormack, in the 1920s.
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