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Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland

The Cistercian Order originated in the Côte-d'Or of Burgundy, now France. Founded by a Benedictine abbot, they pioneered new methods of commerce, agriculture (especially the wool trade), fishing and brewing. I believe there have been 34 Cistercian abbeys in Ireland since 1142, 29 of which were established in the 12th and 13th centuries. A handful of them are still in existence today.