We may still read letters from those of Irish blood in America,
Australia and far-away New Zealand who had read of the work
of restoration and hastened to help.
In 1966, under the direction of Fr Tom Egan the nave of the
Abbey was restored and roofed in time for the 750th anniversary
of its foundation.
In 1997 The Chapter House and Dorter area was restored and
roofed and it is this area in particular that now caters for
the thousands of young people who come each year for retreats
and Faith Formation Programmes. It is planned to restore the
entire east wing of the Abbey before the 800th year celebration