St John's Priory

Benedictine Priory and Hospital

The Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist, was possibly founded by King John in c.1185. The Priory had two chapels. St Leonard's chapel was associated with a hospital. The hospital was housed by monks and nuns up until the 15th century. After the suppression of the monastery in 1536, the Priory and it's lands were granted to Sir Thomas Wyse, a catholic citizen of Waterford, for his services to the crown. Cistercian monks continued to serve the community up until the arrival of Cromwell in Ireland, in the mid 17th century. During my visit the Priory gate was locked, I have since learned that the Priory can be viewed from John's Lane on the north side.

Window in the south wall

Situated: At the Junction of Parliament Street and Manor Street in the centre of the City. Head south from Reginald's Tower.

Discovery Map 75: S 6061 1206. Last visit July 2018.

Longitude: 7° 6' 44" W

Latitude: 52° 15' 25" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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