It is over 700 years since Cistercian monks first set foot on Irish soil, founding Mellifont Abbey outside Drogheda and soon spread throughout the country founding 40 abbeys for men.

The Cistercians are now looking for new recruits and have published a booklet to inform the public about their order.

Famous for being the first Irish men to sleep upstairs, they also ran their own shipping line and helped to fund the crusades.

Interview with the editor of the booklet 'Why Monastries?' Father Nivard Kinsella.

The reporter is Kieron Wood.

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