In line with public health advice, Kylemore Abbey is currently closed.

A Very Special Visitor

This month we welcomed Michael Furlong, a native of Dover, England, back to his former home in the Kylemore Walled Garden. As a young boy of ten years of age, Michael moved into the Head Gardener’s House where he lived with his mother and two sisters for approximately two years in the early 1950s. Michael enjoyed his life at Kylemore which was one of freedom and new experiences. He describes the gardens at that time as having every inch planted with vegetables and fruit which were used to supply the Abbey kitchen. As well as operating an International boarding School, the nuns ran a guest house in the Abbey in those years and, thanks to the garden and farm, they were mostly self-sufficient. As well as serving Mass in the Abbey another regular chore for Michael was to bring milk from the farm to the Abbey with a donkey and very rickety cart. His favourite memories are of flying along the avenues on his bike in a bid to get indoors before darkness descended. Please visit our Facebook page for more of Michael’s story and  some photographs of his visit.