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31 December 2009

1150 – Baltinglass Abbey, Co. Wicklow

Baltinglass Abbey is one of the most important Cistercian abbeys of Leinster. and was founded in 1148 by Dermot McMurrough, king of Leinster. It was the second house to be colonised from Mellifont....

31 December 2009

1450c – Fenagh Abbey, Co. Leitrim

The present day abbey ruins date from the fifteenth century. Nearby is another ruin which was likely residential accommodation for the priests of Fenagh. The abbey was used for a time for Protestant...

30 December 2009

1250 – Dominican Friary, Sligo, Co. Sligo

Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid-13th century by Maurice FitzGerald, Baron of Offaly. The Abbey has had a turbulent history, having been destroyed by fire in...

30 December 2009

1230c – Franciscan Monastery, Claregalway, Co. Galway

Probably founded by a Norman lord, John de Cogan in the first half of the 13th century. Like other monasterys of the period, the buildings were clustered around a central cloister. In the...

30 December 2009

1404c – Clontuskert Abbey, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

The first monastery founded here by St. Baeten in the late 7th century no longer exists. The current ruins date from the late 12th century onwards. After a fire in 1404, the buildings...

30 December 2009

1469 – Burrishoole Abbey, Newport, Co. Mayo

Burrishoole Abbey was founded in 1469 by Sir Richard De Burgo. Set against the tranquil backdrop of Clew Bay, this Dominican Abbey was active for three hundred years and featured prominently in the...

03 December 2009

1888 – Furness Abbey, Cumberland

Architect: R.W. Johnson (Restoration)

13 November 2009

1240 – Greyfriars Abbey, Waterford

Founded by the Franciscans around 1240, only the nave, chancel and an aisle remain of the original complex. It has a fine triple light east window. After the Dissolution, it was used for...

13 November 2009

1226 – Black Friars Abbey, Waterford

According to Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary “A monastery for Dominican or Black Friars, called also Friars Preachers, who were introduced into Ireland in 1226, was founded by the citizens, who for that purpose applied...