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€15,000 has been invested in the repair of a 13th century mid-Kerry abbey.

Kerry County Council, with the support of the Heritage Council, has completed restoration works at Killagha Abbey near Milltown.

Killagha Abbey, just off the N70 between Milltown and Killorglin, is an Augustinian abbey founded in 1216.

The north-west corner of the building had become unstable and a number of structural stones had fallen, while others were loose, mainly due to adverse winter weather.

Conservation works costing €15,000 have been completed on the 13th century abbey, including the removal and re-setting of cornerstones, the raking out and re-pointing of loose and unstable mortar, and the resetting of stones on the parapet over the gable wall.

This follows calls for restoration works by a local community group, which brought the issue before councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District earlier this year.

Kerry County Council has also overseen the mapping of the graveyard, and a graveyard map has been erected at the entrance.

The broken information signage on the wall of the abbey church has been removed and replaced.