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A different sort of calm: the tale of 30 monks in isolation at Glenstal Abbey

The monks at Glenstal Abbey would usually be busy at Easter but this year they are cut off, reports Alan O'Keeffe

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EMPTY PEWS: Monks celebrate Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Glenstal Abbey last week. Photo: Fr Dennis Hooper

EMPTY PEWS: Monks celebrate Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Glenstal Abbey last week. Photo: Fr Dennis Hooper

EMPTY PEWS: Monks celebrate Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Glenstal Abbey last week. Photo: Fr Dennis Hooper

The abbot explained that he could not allow it. It was just not possible, he said, to visit his monastery in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

All 30 monks at Glenstal Abbey have cut themselves off from the outside world in the hope of keeping Covid-19 outside the battlements of their Norman-style castle in Co Limerick.

Easter is the busiest time of the year at Glenstal: hundreds of people arrive for the Holy Week ceremonies.