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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...

07 January 2010

1224 – Dominican Friary, Drogheda, Co. Louth

The Magdalene Tower was the belfry tower of the once extensive Dominican Friary founded here about 1224 by Lucas de Netterville, Archbishop of Armagh. The tower itself is of 14th Century construction and...

07 January 2010

1206 – Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Known as the Old Abbey or the Hospital of St. Mary d’Urso, the correct title for this site is the Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso. It was founded by a Norman, Ursus de...

06 January 2010

1892 – St. Joseph’s Redemptorist Church and Monastery, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Architect: G.C. Ashlin Built in two phases, the monastery 1879-1880, and the church 1890-1892, both designed by G.C. Ashlin and finished in Newry granite. It by James McAdorey, a Belfast man who had...

06 January 2010

1867 – Dominican Church and Friary, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Architect: John Murray Both the church and the priory were designed by local architect John Murray. Originally the church was intended to have a tall spire to dominate the composition but it was...

06 January 2010

14th C. Dominican Friary, Carlingford, Co. Louth

The Dominicans were established in Carlingford in 1305 with the friary being dedicated to St. Malachy. Dissolved in 1540 by Henry VIII it became the centre of a repossession struggle between the Dominicans...

06 January 2010

1142 – Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

Mellifont was the first Cistercian monastery to be established in Ireland. Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, the monastery was consecrated in 1157 at a great national synod attended by seventeen bishops and...