The Grotto adjacent to the Bible Garden.

A view of the harbour from the garden

A shady pathway to the Bible Garden.

Our Bible Garden

The Bible Garden at St. Benedict's Priory in Cobh, formerly Admiralty House, is a hidden gem of a garden.

It was created more than 20 years ago and laid out in the shape of a Jerusalem Cross. The design survives to this day, with a central pool from which everything else radiates outwards.

The garden was created on a one-and-one-half acre site and, like other Bible gardens throughout the world, its design and plant selections are mainly based on plants mentioned in the Bible.

Other sections of the planting include plants that have special significance to Our Lady and the Saints. There is even a place for plants with names like "lucifer" and "diablo".

There are several different areas within the garden, almost like mini-gardens that have been cleverly worked into the overall design.

Some of the gardens mentioned in the Bible are recaptured in this space. The Garden of Song, The Vineyard, The Pool of Solomon, Mary's Garden, the Garden of Olives, The Garden of the Resurrection and the Leanbh memorial.

Recently a poignant ceremony took place in the Bible Garden. A Cedar of Lebanon tree was planted by the Irish-Lebanese Cultural Foundation, in memory of the 47 Irish soldiers who paid the ultimate price while carrying out peacekeeping duties in Lebanon with the United Nations.

The tall spires of the Cathedral form a backdrop to the garden and there are also superb views out over Cork Harbour.

The Leanbh Memorial was erected as a memorial to anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. The Leanbh Shrine, surrounded by water and beautiful engravings provides a place of peace for bereaved parents.

The tall spires of the Cathedral form a backdrop to the garden and there are also superb views out over Cork Harbour.

Restoration

The Bible Garden restoration group is a group of volunteers and Priory staff who are working to bring the Bible Garden back to its' former glory

Horticulture

They are being guided by experienced gardener and horticulturalist Larry Lynch. When complete, these upgrades will add hugely to the visitor experience of the garden.

Themed Plants

The garden is looking a lot tidier after a couple of months' clearing and cutting back, and the team are looking forward to sowing and planting new Biblically themed plants, vegetables and trees this spring.

Getting Involved

People can get involved by sponsoring plants in memory of loved ones, sponsoring the project through donations in kind, or by taking part in the work and benefitting from free horticultural training.

BROKEN LIFT: APPEAL FOR FUNDS

In 2017 we began our appeal for funds to renovate our house. The problems seemed insurmountable: damp, mould and mildew, hardly any heating, water ingress and now to cap it all; a broken lift!

As you can see in the picture opposite, some of us have a great struggle to get up the stairs unaided. We have searched high and low for solutions to our broken lift problem, but as yet, our prayers have not been answered.

Following our building appeal, our friends and benefactors were so generous. At the beginning of last winter we were able to pay for a new burner for our ancient boiler so the hot water reached almost every part of the house. It was very expensive to run, but worthwhile as the house was dried out. We were then able to have the worst parts of the interior cleaned down, treated and painted and cracks in the roof and walls repaired.

We would be very grateful if you could help us with any donation, however small, to reach our target and preserve our monastery into the future.

The gardens are maintained out of the Sisters own income which comes largely through donations. If you would like to help maintain the Bible Garden, please see the adjacent donate button.

broken lift, must use stairs
Benedictine Medal

St. Benedict's Priory
The Mount, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. ● Telephone: 021 4811 354. ● Email: cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com


Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Registered Charity in Ireland No. 20028701.


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