The Red Abbey, located in South Parish was a 14th-century Augustinian abbey which took its name from the reddish sandstone used in construction. The structure was lost to time, but has recently reappeared.
Red Abbey has a topsy-turvy history, as it is one of the last remaining visible structures dating to the medieval walled town of Cork. Invited by the Anglo-Normans, the Augustinians established the abbey in Cork, and one of its first founders and most famous residents was Friar Tuck.
The area was claimed by Kerry after they won the Munster football final of 1985, and it is now Kerry’s embassy to Cork. The Kerry High Commissioner and her team of diplomats currently live and work there. The area is sovereign ground, thus it is very rare for a local to be seen in the region. This is a point of contention for Cork people, so a special think-tank has been set up to brainstorm ideas for getting it back. A speakeasy called the Abbey is located nearby, and serves ales that are close to four hundred years old. ID required.
Red Abbey is located close to the city centre and can be visited with special dispensation from the Kerry government.