Poem about Holy Cross Abbey

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Holy Cross Abbey, Clonmel

Holy Cross Abbey, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Some lines written by a pilgrim to Holy Cross Abbey c. 1450

"Teach naomh na n-easlan d'fheithimh,

Saor gach easlan na fhochair;

Mairg fear don tigh nach tuitigh,

Teach earthimh gach fhir othair.

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Eaglais cheart croiche an Choimdheadh,

Na bhfeart gcloiche is na gcomhradh,

Sloigh aingeal ag a hadhradh,

Daingean anamh, roimh roghlan."

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(Thou art the Holy House for care of the sick,

Saved is every sick man who enters thee;

Woe to all who frequent not that house,

The house which cares for all sufferers.

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The true Church of the Lord's cross,

with its stone monuments and coffins,

And hosts of angels in recurrence,

Is a fort, a Sanctuary for Souls.)

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Inscription on a wall outside the Abbey:

OGHTERI AMHAN

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