The Kylemore nuns

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:970
  1. Rory McGouran, consultant gastroenterologist
  1. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

    The view of Kylemore Abbey across the lake is one of the most romantic in Connemara. It was built in 1866 by Mitchell Henry, a London surgeon, who had first visited Kylemore on his honeymoon. His father, a Manchester textile merchant, died a few years later, leaving the fortune that allowed Henry to resign from the Middlesex Hospital and build a castle by the lake. But the Henrys were destined to enjoy Kylemore together for only seven years before Margaret died of Nile fever on an Egyptian holiday. A few hundred yards to the right of the abbey, hidden …

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