The Carmelites originated in the Holy Land from a place known as Mount Carmel in the Northern Kindom and coastal seaport of modern day Haifa around the beginning of the 13th century.
The early hermits were originally a commmunity of lay people seeking God in their lives. For more on the Origins of the Carmelites please use the link below.
The photo below is the the First Carmelite Settlement in the Westmeath area of Ardnacranney at the turn of the 14th century.
The land was benefacted to the Carmelites by Sir Robert Dillon of the Baroney of Kilkenny West (Westmeath).
The Carmelite Friars were long associated with Laity attached to the Carmelite way of life throughout its history and Westmeath was no exception.
The Carmelites moved to Moate in the 19th century and Lay Carmelites to have a parallel history as they associated themselves with the Carmelite Order in various ways.
A history of the Lay Carmelites in Moate in pdf can be accessed in the picture link below.