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06 January 2014

1382 – The Gatehouse, St. Mary’s Abbey, Thornton, Lincolnshire

Almost continuous building work over a century from 1252 onwards included a new chapter house (1282–1308); enlargement of the cloister (1322–6); rebuilding the refectory (1327–8); and construction of a large granary (c 1348),...

06 June 2013

1448 – Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor. It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. Today the abbey is...

25 April 2013

1617 – Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg, Bavaria

Architect: Leonhard Dientzenhofer, J.L. Dientzenhofer After its dissolution in 1803 the buildings were used for the almshouse Vereinigte Katharinen- und Elisabethen-Spital, which is still there as an old people’s home. The former abbey...

15 April 2013

1899 – Carmelite Abbey, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Architect: W.H. Byrne Church of 1820, by an unknown architect, under the supervision of Fr Gannon, the superior at the time, who also supervised the construction of the monastery and the convent. Renovated...

30 November 2012

1193 – Grey Abbey, Greyabbey, Co. Down

Grey Abbey was founded in 1193, by John de Courcy’s wife, Affreca as a daughter house of Holmcultram Abbey in Cumbria. Dissolved in 1541, in the early 17th century it was granted to...

28 November 2012

1257 – Roscommon Abbey, Co. Roscommon

Founded in 1253 and consecrated in 1257. The church originally consisted of one long aisle with lancet windows. Those on the east and west walls were replaced in the 15th century with traceried...

28 November 2012

15th C. – Clonshanville Abbey, Co.Roscommon

Probably founded early to mid 15th century. According to the Dominican Provincial reports, there were two friars here in 1702, five in 1756 and three in 1767, of whom one was parish priest....

28 November 2012

1448 – Tulsk Abbey, Co. Roscommon

According to Lewis’s Topographical Survey of Ireland, “O’Conor Roe erected a castle here in 1406, and during the same century a Dominican monastery was founded either by MacDuil or O’Dowell, or by Phelim,...

09 November 2012

1353 – Kilconnell Abbey, Co. Galway

A Franciscan friary founded in 1353, by William O’Kelly, Lord of Ui Maine. The remaining building which are in good condition , consist of a church with nave, choir, south transeot and aisle,...