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Kylemore Abbey

November 22, 2017

Located in the Connemara region of Ireland is Kylemore Abbey, which boasts a rich history.  It was originally built as a family home by pathologist and eye surgeon Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret Vaughan Henry. Started in 1867, it was completed around 1870. Unfortunately, Margaret took ill on trip to Egypt in 1874 and died.  In 1878, Mitchell started work on a miniature gothic cathedral in her memory.

It was sold by Mitchell to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903. The Duke was apparently one to party and gamble, and he was living on the wealth of his American wife. When her father died, they could no longer afford the home and sold it in 1914.

In 1920, it was taken over by an order of Benedictine nuns, who had fled their home in Ypres as a result of World War I. The nuns ran an international boarding school and a day school for local girls. In 2010, the boarding school was closed.  It is still an abbey.

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