Medieval Irish abbots lived "life of O'Riley"

Ongoing excavations on the grounds of Rothe House in Kilkenny, Ireland, have discovered that Cistercian abbots, who had a previous residence at the site, lived a lavish lifestyle of roast swan and French wine.

Archaeologists say that the abbots, who professed to live a "simple life," actually dined on rich food and wine while the common brothers "lived a simple, ascetic existence at the abbey.” The discoveries were made during the excavation of a 14th century garderobe.