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abbeys

27 September 2011

1348 – Friary, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

“Abbey of Ballyhaunes, Co. Mayo” copper engraved print published in Francis Grose’s Antiquities of England and Wales, 1786.

25 May 2011

1462 – Moyne Abbey, Co. Mayo

Moyne Abbey is one of most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Mayo and a National Monument. It was founded by the Burke family as a Franciscan friary and consecrated in 1462. It is located...

03 February 2011

1240 – Ennis Abbey, Co. Clare

The origins of Ennis date back to 1240AD when Donnchadh Caribreach O’Brien helped establish the Franciscan Order in Ennis, by his offer of hospitality to wandering Friars. An Abbey was later built to...

01 October 2010

1445 – Kilcooly Abbey, Co. Tipperary

Originally built around 1200, complete destruction of the abbey in 1445 led it its rebuilding. The main part of the abbey consists of the Entrance Chamber, the Church, the Tower and the Sacristy....

15 June 2010

11th C. – Gateway, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

The Gateway, the only surviving example in Ireland, was the main entrance to the monastic enclosure. The steps up to it are modern for access. It consists of a square building with round...

25 May 2010

1450 – Bective Abbey, Bective, Co. Meath

Bective Abbey is a Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne, founded by Murchad O’Maeil-Sheachlainn in 1147 as a ‘daughter house’ of Mellifont Abbey. It is in a remarkable state of preservation. The buildings...

15 April 2010

1907 – Our Lady of the Prairies Monastery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Archbishop Taché of St. Boniface persuaded the Abbot of Bellefontaine, France, to establish a home for Trappist monks in St. Norbert. The Trappists were an independent branch of the Cistercian Order which began...

13 April 2010

1139 – St Mary’s Abbey Chapter House, Mary’s Abbey, Dublin

In the early 1880s, seven feet beneath street level, the Chapter House of St Mary’s Abbey was rediscovered under a bakery. St Mary’s was a large Cistercian Abbey founded by the Benedictines in...

19 January 2010

1245 – St. Francis Abbey, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

The Franciscans came to Ireland in around 1226, and St Francis’s Abbey was founded sometime between 1231 April 1234. The first definite date for the abbey is October 15, 1245, when it received...