Arts: Worried monks at Jerpoint Abbey

GLASSBLOWERS at Jerpoint Glass Studio, inspired by the stone carvings at Jerpoint Abbey have produced a worry monk, a small piece of glass bearing a face with a worried expression.

GLASSBLOWERS at Jerpoint Glass Studio, inspired by the stone carvings at Jerpoint Abbey have produced a worry monk, a small piece of glass bearing a face with a worried expression.

Turning it round and round in your hand can be very relaxing following the tradition of worry stones, worry beads and worry dolls. Each monk has its own unique character. It is now a big seller and is a popular choice for school tours and tourists alike to take home as a memento.

This year the worry monk is available for sale in the Jerpoint Abbey Visitor Centre.

Jerpoint Abbey is one of Kilkenny’s most renowned ruins and attracts visitors all year round from all over the world. During Heritage Week the visitor centre was particularly busy as tourists and people from the area came to explore this unique ruin. Founded in the late 12th century by the Cistercian monks, it is located south west of Thomastown on the N9 national primary road. There is a Visitor Centre and an exhibition. The abbey has been declared a national monument and has been in the care of the Office of Public Works since 1880.

Jerpoint is notable for it’s stone carvings, including one of Felix O’Dulany, Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.