Lislaughtin Abbey County Kerry Ireland Lislaughtin Abbey sits in an inlet of the Shannon estuary in North Kerry, Southern Ireland, historically O’Connor country. construction began in 1464, thirteen years later it was dedicated by indult of Pope Sixtus IV. In 1580 English forces moved vengefully through this area and laid siege to Carrigafoyle Castle close by, killing the defenders. They then went to Lislaughtin and all but 3 of the priests fled. Three elderly priests took refuge in the sanctuary of the Abbey. They were killed by the English soldiers and the Abbey was looted. The plaque outside the Abbey recalls the martyrdom of these men and records their names – Philip O’Shea, Maurice O’Scanlon and Donagh O’Hanrahan.

Canon EOS 400D Lens 18-55mm, ISO 100, AV 11, Shutter speed 1/250


church, history, castle, abbey, battle, kerry, county, ireland, estuary, shannon, oconnor


  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chapplealmost 6 years ago

    Brooding and stunningly powerful image! Sensational use of the shutter!!!!

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 6 years ago

    Many thanks for your encouraging comments Steve, much appreciated! :)

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...almost 6 years ago

    WOW!!!! Amazing lighting and ambiance. What a spooky place!

  • Thank you very much ‘mono’. This Abbey is absolutely jam packed with graves to the side and rear with no space between them to walk. It is patrolled by lots of rooks sitting on the edges of the ruins on all sides. Very atmospheric.

    – Polly x

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 6 years ago

    great capture, place and treatment, so very well done. hugsxxx

  • Thank you so much Hilary :) x

    – Polly x

  • Yuri Lev
    Yuri Levalmost 6 years ago

    Beautifully expressionist

  • Thank you so much Yurilev, nice to hear from you again. I can’t say I was aiming for a particular style just kept going in edit until I found what I liked. :)

    – Polly x

  • Lior Goldenberg
    Lior Goldenbergalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful image Paulette! Great lighting and atmosphere!

  • Many thanks Lior, and also for the favourite. This has just been featured in the European everyday life group so I’m rather pleased :)

    – Polly x

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful Paulette !
    the light on the textured brick facade is beautiful.
    ..and those clouds make it look like a steam train from the small thumbnail !

  • Ah, thanks very much Jared, yes looks like smoke from a chimney :)

    – Polly x

  • A90Six
    A90Sixalmost 6 years ago

    Love that sky! The gable ends look a little like smoking chimneys. Great light on the building.
                                            *_:)_* Trevor.

  • Well thank you kind sir :) Pol x

    – Polly x

  • wandalechene
    wandalechenealmost 6 years ago

    amazing work i love it

  • Thanks very much Wanda, so glad you liked it :)

    – Polly x

  • rosedew
    rosedewalmost 6 years ago


  • Many thanks ‘rosedew’, thank you for taking a look :)

    – Polly x

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