List of monastic houses in Ireland

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List of monastic houses in Ireland is a catalogue of the abbeys, priories, friaries and other monastic religious houses in Ireland.

This article provides a gazetteer for the whole of Ireland. Additionally, each county below provides links to the specific list for that county, which contains online references and geographical location, as far as is available.

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The list is presented alphabetically by County. Foundations are listed alphabetically within each county.

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Communities/provenance: shows the status and communities existing at each establishment, together with such dates as have been established as well as the fate of the establishment after dissolution, and the current status of the site.

Formal Name or Dedication: shows the formal name of the establishment or the person in whose name the church is dedicated, where known.

Alternative Names: some of the establishments have had alternative names over the course of time. In order to assist in text-searching such alternatives in name or spelling have been provided.

Monastic Glossary: following the listing, provides links to articles on the particular monastic orders as well as other terms which appear in the listing.

In this article smaller establishments such as cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks) and camerae of the military orders of monks (Templars and Hospitallers) are included. The numerous monastic hospitals per se are not included here unless at some time the foundation had, or was purported to have, the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptory/commandery.

Abbreviations and Key[edit]

List of Houses by County[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

County Antrim[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Antrim edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Aghnakilla Monastery ø supposed early monastery dissolved before 11th century Achad-cinn;
Achad-na-cille;
Aughnakeely
Antrim Monastery AntrimRoundTower.JPG Gaelic monks
possibly founded by St Comgall of Bangor;
plundered 824;
plundered 1018;
destroyed 1147
Oen-truib;
Aen-truib;
Aentreb;
Aontruibh;
Eantrobh;
Oentrebh
Ardclinis Friary ø tradition of house of Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular — evidence lacking
Armoy Monastery ø ArmoyRoundTower.JPG supposed early monastery, founded by St Oclan;
dissolved before 11th century
Airthir-maige;
Domnach-;
Ethirmoy
Ballycastle Friary building called 'abbey', apparently built 1612 by Randal Mac Donnell, Earl of Antrim;
standing until the Reformation; probably Bonamargy Friary (v. infra)
Ballyprior Priory Premonstratensian Canons — from Woodburn
(community founded at Woodburn before 1326);
transferred here 1542-3;
dissolved after 1565
Magee Island Priory
Bonamargy Friary, Ballycastle BonamargyFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1500 (c.1475) by Rory MacQuillan, Lord of Reute (or Mac Donell);
dissolved 1584; burned 1589; granted to the descendants of the founder
Franciscan Friars, First Order Regular
repaired & re-occupied at the petition of Father Conor Mac a'Bhaird, as a rest centre for missionaries 1626-1642, restored 1931; (NM)
Bunanmargaigh
Carrickfergus Abbey Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Dryburgh;
priory founded before c.1183;
raised to abbey status 1212;
dissolved after 1320-6; succeeded by Woodburn (v. infra)
Carrickfergus Friary # Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1232-48 by Hugh Lacy, Earl of Ulster;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1497;
dissolved 1540;
restored by Queen Mary 1557;
friars expelled 1560;
granted to Sir Edmund Fitzgerald, who assigned it to Sir Arthur Chichester, who built a castle on site 1610;
used as a munitions store, rebuilt as Joymount House 1618;
new house built by friars 1626
Carrac-fergusa;
Cragfargas;
Gracfergos;
Grafergosensis
Church Island Monastery, Lough Beg
Church Island Abbey, Lough Beg
Clondrumalis Abbey ~≈? Premonstratensian Canons, possibly located in County Antrim, possibly Woodburn Woodburn?
Cluain Monastery ø+ supposed early monastery founded by St Oclan;
dissolved before 11th century;
C.I. parish church built on site
Kilcluain;
Cell-chluaine
Connor Monastery church probably founded early 6th century by Mac Nissi (St Macnisse) (Oengus or Coemahan Breac);
episcopal diocesan cathedral;
diocese united with Down 1453
Coinnere;
Condere;
Coinnee
Culfeightrin Monastery ø supposed early monastery founded 5th century by St Patrick;
dissolved before 11th century
Culechtrann;
Kilfeutre;Magherintemple
Drumeeny Monastery ø supposed early monastery early monastic site, monks;
founded 5th century by St Patrick, who left bishop Enan in charge;
dissolved before 11th century
Druim-findich;
Druim-indeich
Druim la Croix Abbey Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Dryburgh;
founded before c.1250;
dissolved after 1320-6; succeeded by Woodburn (v. infra)
Druin la Croix;
White Abbey
Drumtullagh Monastery grange founded 5th century by St Patrick Telagh-Ceneoil-Oingusa;
Tulach
Dundesert Monastery early monastic site, monks
Dunseverick Monastery early monastic site, monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
first taken by Norsemen 871;
destroyed 926
Dun-sebuirgi;
Dun-sobairche
Erdamh Monastery ~ early monastic site, suggested to be County Antrim[notes 1]
Glenarm Friary St. Patrick's Church of Ireland, Glenarm - geograph.org.uk - 954778.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1465 by Robert Bissett, cousin of Robert Bissett, Provincial of the Third Order in Ireland;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?; granted to Alexander MacDonnell, ancestor to the Earl of Antrim;
site now occupied by St. Patrick's C.I. parish church
Gleann-arm
Glynn Monastery early monastic site monks;
church founded 5th century by St Patrick
Glinn
Glenn-Fineachta;
Glenn-Indechta
Inispollan Monastery early monastic site, monks
in existence 5th century, in the time of St Patrick
Inis-pollen
Inver Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1500 by a Scottish nobleman, Phelim O'Neil;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?
also erroneously given as Inver, County Donegal;
granted to James V. Claneboys
Kells Abbey purportedly founded before 514 (in the time of St Macnise);
apparently a hermitage by 828 of Ceallach mac Condmaigh, anchorite of Disirt Ceallaigh (possible confusion with same place name in County Galway);
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian?
founded after 1140;
destroyed 1316 by Edward Bruce;
rebuilt early 15th century?;
dissolved 1 February 1542, surrendered to the commissioners of Henry VIII;
extant remains on site of textile factory
St Mary;
The Augustinian monastery of Saint John the Baptist (1415)
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Disert Abbey;
de Diserto fonte-Conneri;
Ceneles
Kilboedain Monastery ~ early monastic site, monks
church founded by St Boedan, abbot
Cell-baedain;
Cell-buadain;
Kilscoba;
possibly Ballywodan in Ardquin, or Ballibodan;
Eiloseoba
Kilroot Monastery early monastic site, founded in or after 412 by St Colman who was sent by St Ailbe of Emly Cell-ruaid;
Cell-ruad
Lambeg Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1500 by Phelim O'Neil (or M'Donnell);
dissolved before 1572, probably destroyed by O'Neil to prevent use as a fort by the English
Lambegg Friary;
Limbeg Friary
Layd Friary ø tradition of church now ruined belonging to Franciscan Friars
purportedly founded by the sept of McFall (Macfaull)
evidence lacking;
also suggested as nuns or Dominican Friars
Lead;
Lede;
Port Obe
Linally Monastery erroneous reference to Lynally, County Offaly
Linn Monastery early monastic site, nuns
Magheramorne Monastery early monastic site, monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick
Domnach-mor-maige-damoerna
Massereene Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1500 by Phelim O'Neil;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?; granted to Sir Arthur Chichester, Baron of Belfast 1621
Mas-a-rioghna;
Masraona;
Masseryne;
Masevin
Muckamore Monastery # Gaelic monks
founded 585? (550) By St Colman Elo
Mag-comair;
Moccumur;
Mocmur;
Mucimore;
Muckmore;
Mugcomuir
Muckamore Priory Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
founded before 1185;
dissolved 1540-1;
granted to the Longford family 1639;
thatched house built on site 17th century replaced by house built and landscaped gardens before 1833, extant, without public access
Portglenone Abbey Church * Cistercian monks, O.C.S.O. Abbey of Our Lady of Bethlehem, Portglenone;
Portmuck 'Abbey' Cistercian monks
apparently a grange of Inch
Rams Island Monastery early monastic site, monks
founded before 1056? by Gormgal?
Inis-darcairgrenn in Loch-n-Echach;
Lann-Abhaid;
Inisgatden
Rashee Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Raith-sithe;
Rath-sithe
Rath-easpuic-innic Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick
Rathlin Monastery attempted foundation c.546 by St Comgal of Bangor thwarted when driven away by armed men;
church of Rechrann (identified as Rathlin[notes 2]) founded 635 by Segene, Abbot of Iona;
burned by Norsemen 795;
Reachru (identified as Rathlin[notes 3]) plundered 1038;
possession of the island gained by Earl of Essex, Lord Deputy, 1558
Reachrain;
Raghera;
Rachlainn;
Rachlin;
Rachlin Island;
Raghlin
Rathmore Monastery suggested to be Ratheaspuicinnic,[notes 4] an early fortress[notes 5]
Serade Kaill and Bedamegcan Friary ~ Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1445, Archdeacon of Connor appointed to license the building of a monastery by Eugenius IV;
dissolved ?
Bademeghcadab
Straid Friary?
Templepatrick Preceptory ø town said to be named for a Knights Hospitaller foundation — evidence lacking Villa Hugonis de Logan
Woodburn Abbey Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Dryburgh, Scotland;
founded before 1326 (1242), by John de Courcy, in succession to Carrickfergus and Druim la Croix (v. supra);
dissolved 1 March 1542 [sic] (1542-3), surrendered to the commissioners of Henry VIII;
canons transferred to Ballyprior;
partly demolished after 1558;
site now occupied by Carrickfergus Industrial Centre
The Holy Trinity;
St Mary;
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Goodborn Priory


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County Armagh[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Armagh edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Armagh Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1126, consecrated by Archbishop Cellach 1126;
refounded 1134;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
adopted c.1140 at the instigation of St Malachy;
dissolved 1562; re-established
SS Peter and Paul
Armagh Blackfriars ø suggested community of Dominican Friars
purportedly founded c.1264 by Patrick O'Scanlon;
evidence lacking
Armagh Priory of Culdees Culdees
founded before 779
Ard-macha
Altum Machae;
Emain-Macha;
Druim Saillech
Armagh Temple-na-Ferta ?Abbey Gaelic nuns
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
Augustinian Cannonesses Regular — Arroasian?
apparently refounded c.1144?;
dissolved 1562?; granted to Francis Annesley, Esq. by King James 1618
Temple Fortagh
Armagh Temple Brigid ?Priory Gaelic nuns
dependent on Temple-na-Ferta
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
Augustinian Cannonesses RegularArroasian?
apparently refounded c.1144?;
dissolved 1562?
Templebreed Priory
Armagh Friary # ArmaghFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars
founded 1263/4-1551 by Archbishop Patrick O’Scannail;
dissolved 1542, though some religious life continued;
buildings were used for welfare purposes later in the 16th century; ruinous by 1600
Armagh Abbey of Columcille founded before 1010; noted as St Columba’s Church - Rocque’s 1760 map of Armagh Templecolumkilly in Bore-netrian-sassenach
Ballymyre Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick,[notes 6] possibly Tehallan, County Monaghan[notes 7] Baile-mac-maier;
Ballymoyer;
Tech-talain?;
Tahellen?
Creggan Franciscan Friars, First Order — place of refuge Cregan
Derrynoose Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 6th century by Mochua of Dairinis;
later Culdees of Armagh
also suggested to be located in County Cavan[notes 8]
Dairinis;
Derinish;
Derenoyse;
Toaghy
Eglish Monastery early monastic site; remains of two high crosses on site[notes 9] Eglais
Killevy Friary ≈¤ Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
actually Killeenbrenan, County Mayo — the house at Killevy being a convent of nuns
Kilslere Friary
Killevy Abbey Killevy Old Church - geograph.org.uk - 564089.jpg Gaelic nuns
(community founded c.484 at Faughart; transferred to Beg-erin, County Wexford)
transferred from Beg-erin: founded c.500 (517) by St Moninna (Darerca);
Augustinian Cannonesses RegularArroasian?
refounded after 1171?
C.I. parish church built on site
Cell Sleibe Cuilin;
Cell-shleibe;
Cell-shleibe-mor-Cuillin;
Mons-Cuillinn;
Kilsleve;
Belslebhe;
Killeavy
Kill-unche Monastery ~ founded by St Nectan in reg. Conalliae Murthemhne, possibly located in County Armagh
Kilmore Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mochta
burned 749;
also identified as Kilmore, County Monaghan;
Church of Ireland church built on site
Cellmor-einer;
Cellmor-muighe-emhir;
Cellmor-Ua-Niallain;
Cellmor-inir;
Cellmor-Aedhan;
Kilmore Aedhan;
cell-mor;
Cella Magna?;
Lismor?;
Killmor-Aedhan?
Kilnasaggart monastery # site occupied by the Kilnasaggart Stone
Seagoe Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Gobhan, abbot Suidhe Gobha;
Tech-da-Gobha;
Tegh-da-Gobha
Straidbail-Loyse Friary given as friary of Franciscans
founded 1282;
probable mistaken reference to Stradbally, County Laois
Tech-fethgnai Monastery early monastic site, possibly a cell near Armagh monastery, founded by Mael-muire, erenagh
Tynan Abbey # TynanAbbey.jpg Gaelic monks
founded before 1072;
mansion named 'Fairview' built on site c.1750; remodelled in the monastic-gothic style, residence of the Stronge family;
part in use by the Royal Ulster Constabulary from 1923;
bombed by the IRA 21 January 1981;
demolished 1998
Tiudhnidha;
Tuidnigha


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County Down[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Down edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Achad-chail Monastery early monastic site, founded by 5th century
Ardicinise Monastery Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded by Hugh Burgo, local tradition of such a foundation, — evidence lacking;
probably Hollywood, v. infra, (Ard-micnascai being the Irish name for Hollywood)
Ard-mic-nascai Monastery early monastic site, founded before 640 by St Laiseran;
Holywood Priory (v. infra) built on site
Ard-mac-Croisk;
Ard-mic-nascai;
Ardnicise?
Bangor Abbey Bangabby2.jpg Gaelic monks
founded 555 or 559 by St Comgall;
Augustinian Canons Regular — from Armagh
refounded after 1123-4 by St Malachy;
destroyed 1127 during local conflicts c.1140, causing the departure of Malachy and many of his disciples, settling at Ibracense;
dissolved 1539;
assertion of refounding as a Franciscan house is a misinterpretation;
site now incorporated into CI church
Beannchor;
Bennchor;
Vallis Angelorum;
White Choir
Bright Monastery early monastic site, founded by 540 Mrechtan;
Breatain;
Brich;
Inreathan
Burren Dominican Friars — from Newtownards — place of refuge, apparently after the Restoration
Castleboy Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded 1198 by Hugh de Lacy;
dissolved c.1414;
leased 1584 to George Alexander
St John-in-Ards;
St John-in-Ardee;
St Johnston;
St Johnstowne;
Castle-Buy
Cill-mBian Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly located in County Down, founded before 584 by Fergus, Bishop of Down Nemhan
Coelestius
Killmain
Clonduff Monastery early monastic site Cluain daim
Comber Abbey # St Mary's church, Comber - geograph.org.uk - 348046.jpg Cistercian monks — from Whitland
founded 25 January 1200 by Brien Catha Dun on the site of earlier monastery (see immediately below);
dissolved 1543; granted to James Hamilton, Viscount Clandeboy; assigned to Lord Ardes;
site now occupied by St Mary's C.I. church
Comar;
Domnach-combair;
Comerer;
Cumber;
Cunbyr
Comber monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick
Donaghmore Monastery early monastic site, founded mid-5th century by St Mac-Erc Domnach-mor-maige-cobha
Downpatrick Monastery # DownpatrickCathedral.JPG early monastic site, traditionally founded 5th century by St Patrick on the dun or ráth on which the CI cathedral now stands Dun-da-lethglas;
Dun-Celtair;
Dun
Downpatrick Friary # Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1240 (before 1243) by Hugh de Lacy, Earl of Ulster;
burnt 1316;
granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1567?;
expelled by English protestants 1569;
returned 1570;
expelled again later;
destroyed by the English, church retained as a courthouse;
another house built for the convent in the vicinity 1627 (see immediately below)
Downpatrick Observant Friary # Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1627 in the vicinity of the earlier friary (see immediately above);
dissolved 1650s
 
Downpatrick, St John's Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1138 by Malachi O'Morgair;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
adopted after 1140;
incorporated in Down Cathedral 1513;
dissolved before 1541; granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare
probably St John the Evangelist, though given as St John the Baptist (confusion with Cruciferi priory)
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Monastery of the Irish;
Monaster-Grellach
Downpatrick, St Thomas the Martyr's Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1183 by John de Courcy, granted by him to the prior and canons of Carlisle;
incorporated into Down Cathedral 1513;
dissolved before 1541; granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare 1541
St Thomas the Martyr
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Toberglory
Downpatrick Cruciferi Priory Fratres Cruciferi
founded before 1200 by John de Courcy;
incorporated into Down Cathedral 1513;
dissolved before 1541; granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare
St John the Baptist
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The Priory of the English
Downpatrick Priory Cistercian or Benedictine nuns
convent founded before 1200? purportedly by the Bagnal family;
ruinous by 1513;
incorporated into Down Cathedral 1513
The Nunnery of the Blessed Mary
Dromore Friary Franciscan Friars
founded 1637;
dissolved c.1717
Dromore Monastery + DromoreCathedral.JPG early monastic site, founded 6th century? (c.513) by St Mocholmog (Colman);
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1192?, extant
Druim-mor-mocholmog
Drumbo Abbey Drumbo Round Tower - geograph.org.uk - 841467.jpg early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick?;
plundered by Connor, son of Artgal M'Lochlin 1130
Druim-bo
Dundrum Preceptory Dundrum Castle 03.jpg Knights Templar
castle purportedly built 1183 by John de Courcy;
in their possession until 1313;
granted to the prior of Down
Erenagh Abbey Savignac monks — from Furness
founded 1127 by Niall Mac Dunlevi, King of Ulster;
Cistercian monks
orders merged 1147-8;
destroyed by John de Courcy 1177; transferred to Inch 1177
Erynagh;
Ernes;
Urney;
Carig;
Carrig;
Carricke;
Templenageerah
Grey Abbey GreyAbbey.jpg Cistercian monks — from Holmcultram
founded 25 August 1193 by Africa, wife of John de Courcy;
dissolved 1 February 1541;
granted to English colonists by Elizabeth I; burnt by Sir Brian O'Neill 1572 to prevent the colonists seeking shelter there;
rebuilt and served for a time as a parish church
Jugum Dei;
Monaster-Liath;
Leigh
Holywood Priory HolywoodPriory.JPG Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
built on site of Ard-mic-nascai Monastery (v. supra);
Holywood (Ard Mhic Nasca in Irish) was named Sanctus Boscus ("Holy Wood") by the Normans after the woodland surrounding the monastery
Ard-mac-Croisk;
Ard-mic-nascai;
Ardnicise?;
de Sacro Bosco ("Holy Wood")
Inch Abbey 183149 c33bc7c5-by-Brian-Shaw.jpg Cistercian monks — from Furness
founded 1180 (or 1188) by John de Courcy, on the site of an earlier monastery (see immediately below), replacing the monastery at Carig (Erenagh) which he destroyed;
dissolved 1541
Iniscourcey;
Inis-courcey;
Insula Curcii
Inch Monastery early monastic site, foundation and founder unknown;
plundered by Sitric and Norsemen 1001;
plundered 1149
Inis-cumbscraigh;
Inis;
Egnis;
Kilclief Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by St Patrick;
plundered and burned 935; annexed to Down see 1034
Cell-clethi;
Cell-cleithe;
Kyleleth
Killinchy Monastery early monastic site Cell-insi;
Killiny
Kilmbian Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly located in County Down, founded before 584 by Fergus, Bishop of Down Cell-biain;
Cill-m-Bian;
Cill-biein;
Kil-m-bian
Kiltonga Monastery cell, unknown order, foundation or founder;
referred to as the chapel of Kilarneid
Killarneid
Maghera Monastery Maghera Round Tower, May 2011 (09).JPG early monastic site, founded before 567 by St Domangard, Bishop, disciple of St Patrick Machaire-ratha
Magheralin Monastery early monastic site;
occupied by remains of 15th-century church
Lann-mocholmoc;
Moneyscalp Friary Dominican Friars — from their place of refuge at Burren, (supra)
Movilla Abbey Ruins Of Movilla Abbey.jpg early monastic site, founded before 579 by St Finnian of Moville;
burnt by Norsemen 825;
revived by St Malachy after 1124;
Augustinian Canons Regular
refounded after 1135?;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
adopted after 1140;
dissolved 1542;
site occupied by 13th-15th-century church
Moville;
Magbile;
Maghbille;
Mable;
Mainbile;
Moybily
Nendrum Monastery, Mahee Island (Strangford Lough) Nendrummonastery.jpg Patrician monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
burned 10th century
Oendruim;
Aonagh-urmuman;
Oinach-urmuman;
Nenddrum;
Noindrum;
Noendoma;
Mahee Island
Nendrum Priory Benedictine monks
cell, dependent on St Bees
founded 1179 by John de Courcy, who granted land to St Bees (dependent on St Mary's, York), on site of earlier monastery (see immediately above);
confirmed to York 1222;
disposed of by Henry de Horton 1288;
dissolved before 1298;
monks probably resided at Templepatrick 13th century;
by 1306 a parish church, abandoned 15th century
Newry Abbey possible foundation of Patrician monks
possible Benendictine monks
founded before 1148?
Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1153 by Maurice MacLaughlin, King of Ireland;
confirmation of possessions granted 1538 to become a secular collegiate church;
surrendered 10 August 1550; granted to Sir Nicholas Bagnall, Marshall of the Army April 1552;
chapel on site until c.1744 and abbot’s house apparentlyconverted into a private residence;
site was cleared end of 18th century for the construction of the modern town;
a stone carved with a cross in low relief incorporated into the walls of McCann’s bakery, currently on monastic site
St Benedict
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Ibhar-cinntrachta;
Iubhair-cinntrachta;
Mainister-iubhair;
Monaster-de-viride-ligno;
Viride Lignum;
Nivory;
Nyvery
Newry — St Catherine's Priory * Dominican Friars
extant
Newry Carmelite Monastery Carmelite nuns
Newtownards Priory Newtownards Priory - geograph.org.uk - 35290.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1244, purportedly by the Savage family[notes 10] or William de Burgo[notes 11]evidence lacking for either;[notes 12]
dissolved February 1541, surrendered by the prior, Patrick O'Doran; granted to Sir Thomas Smith by Elizabeth I;
burned by O'Neill of Clandeboye 1572 to prevent use as a fort by the English;
reroofed by Lord Montgomery for use by Protestants
St Colmcille
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Baile-nua-na-airde;
Baile-nudh-airde;
Villanova;
Newton
Portaferry Monastery # site thought to be now occupied by two small churches  
Raholp Monastery early monastic site, founded purportedly by St Patrick Raith-colpthai;
Cell-colptha;
Kilcholpa
Rathmullan Camera? Knights Hospitaller
possible camera or frankhouse, hospital or hospice, limb of Castleboys
Rath-mullin;
Rath-molyn;
Ecclesia de Rathmolyn
St Andrews in Ards Priory Benedictine monks
alien house: dependent on Stogursey, Somerset and Lonlay Abbey, France;
founded after 1183 by John de Courcy;
became denizen:independent from 1356;
dissolved c.1543?; granted by James I, to the Protestant Bishop of Armagh
Black Abbey;
Blackabbey;
Mainister Dubh
St Donard Oratory early monastic cell/oratory, founded c.506, by Domangart, son of Echaid Sliab-domhanghairt;
Sliab-domhanghairt-slange;
Salanga


Stokes Priory duplication of St Andrews in Ards,[notes 13] supra
Tamlacht-meenan Monastery early monastic site, founded before 627 Tamlachta Umhail
Tullyhoa Abbey ø order, foundation and founder unknown;
ruins purported to be the remains of an abbey
Tullylish Monastery # early monastic site, founded by St Bearnasga of Tulach-lis;
mistakenly identified as Tyllylease (County Cork);
remains excavated in the vicinity of the ruined parochial church (abandoned 1861, replaced by new church built to the west)
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County Fermanagh[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Fermanagh edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Aghalurcher Monastery Aghalurcher Church Yard.jpg early monastic site, founded 8th century by St Ronan, son of Aedh Dubh Achad-urchaire
Achad-lurchaire
Aghavea Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century (about the time of St Molaise of Devenish) by Lasair of Achad-beithe Achad-beithe
Aredmuilt Monastery early monastic site, probably Derryvullan Ariodmuilt
Boho Monastery early monastic site Botha
St Faber
Feadhbar
Davy's Island Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
cell of Lisgoole; ruined wall purported to be remains of the cell
Inishmore
Derrybrusk Monastery Daire-broscaidh;
Aireach-brosca;
Daerybrosca;
Seanadh;
Belle Isle
Devenish Island Abbey, Lough Erne Devenish Abbey.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular — probably from SS Peter & Paul, Armagh
founded 1130, adjacent to Culdees house (see immediately below);
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
dependent on Armagh after 1140;
burned 1157 and 1360;
apparently dependent on Clogher 1427;
dissolved after 1600; deserted 1607;
possibly Augustinian Friars (if Dominensis)
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Devenish Island

St Laserian's parish and collegiate church (1457)
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Devenish Island Priory;
Daiminis;
Daminis;
Inis-na-nDam;
Dominensis?
Devenish Monastery early monastic site, founded before 564 or 571 by St Molaise (Laisre)
Culdees from 10th century
Gola Priory Dominican Friars
founded after 1660 by Fr John MacManus, obtaining land from Lord Enniskillen
The Priory of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Gaula
Iniseo Monastery early monastic site, founded before 777 by St Constans Ins-eo;
Inisionois in Lough Erne;
Eonois
Inishmacsaint Monastery, Lough Erne Inishmacsaint Church SW 2012 09 17.jpg founded 6th century by Saint Ninnidh Láimhdhearg Inis-maige-samh, Island of the Sorrel Plain
Inisrocha Monastery, Lough Erne early monastic site, listed as an abbey
Kilcoo Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick?;
remains of high cross
St Patrick?
Kiltierney Monastery early monastic site?;
Cistercian monks
grange
Cell-tighernaigh;
Kilternan
Kinawley Monastery early monastic site, founded before 563 Cell-naale;
Kilnaile
Lisgoole Abbey # founded 1106?
built on site of early monastery (see immediately below);
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1145 by Mc'Noellus Mackenlef, King of Ulaid;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
possibly adopted between 1140 and 1148 at the behest of St Malachy;
became ruinous, dissolved 1583 (c.1580);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1580-3;
dissolved 1598, friars expelled;
refounded at another location 1616 to before 1811
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Mary, Lisgoole
Lisgoole Monastery # early monastic site;
site later occupied by Augustinian priory (see immediately above)
The monastery of Saint Aid, Lisgoole;
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Lissgabail;
Leasa-gobail;
Lisgobhail;
Lis-gamhail;
Lis-gevail;
Lis-govel
Magheracross Monastery apparent early monastic site, Culdee Machaire-na-croise
Pubble Monastery early monastic site Popull;
Pobul;
Chappell of Popull;
Collidea
Rossory Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 480 by St Fanchea;
church of St Fuinche founded 1084;
hospital or hospice founded c.1371?
Ros-airthir;
Ros-oirthir
Tivealough Monastery ø Tievealough Church East Gable 2014 09 02.jpg possibly an early Christian monastic site, fd. before the 12th century;[1] purportedly Franciscan Friars[2] evidence lacking;[3][1]
medieval ruins described as 'abbey or church'
Tievaelough;
Tivea Lough;
Magheramanagh
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County Londonderry[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Londonderry edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Aghadowey Monastery # early monastic site;
hospital of St Gowry 1603
Achad-dubthaigh;
Achedoffey
Aghanloo Monastery early monastic site;
under erenaghs until 16th century
Ath-luga;
Ath-longe;
Allowa
Agivey Monastery early monastic site; purportedly founded 7th century by St Guar of Aghadowey;
Cistercian monks
grange of Macosquin
Augheve
Ballymagrorty Monastery (Derry Diocese) early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Baile-meg-robhartaig;
Baile-megrabhartaigh
Ballynascreen Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Scrin-coluim-cille
Banagher Monastery early monastic site, traditionally founded 11th century? by St Muriedbach O'Heney;
under erenaghs until early 17th century
Bennchor;
Bangoria
Bovevagh Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 575 by St Colmcille;
oratory burned 1100;
under erenaghs until 17th century
Both-mheidhbhe;
Both-medhbha
Camus Monastery early monastic site, founded before c.580;
under erenaghs until 16th/17th century
Camas;
Cambos;
Camsa
Church Island Monastery, Lough Beg early monastic site;
plundered by Ulidians 1129;
under erenaghs until early 17th century
St Mochonna (possibly St Mochonna of Killyman)
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Inistaiti;
InisTeda;
Ballyscullion
Coleraine Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
burned 731;
suffered destruction 1171 and 1177;
demolished 1214 when castle was built
Cuil Raithin;
Cul-rathain;
Colran;
Bannin;
Killowen
Coleraine Friary Dominican Friars
founded 1244;
Dominican Friars, Regular Observant
reformed 1484;
dissolved 1543
St Mary
Cumber Monastery early monastic site, traditionally founded 5th century by St Patrick; under secular erenaghs until early 17th century Combior;
Camer;
Commyr
Derry Monastery ~ early monastic site, traditionally founded c.546 by St Colmcille, but probably c.590 by Fiachra mac Ciárain mac Ainmerech mac Sétna;
St Augustine's C.I. Church or St Columb's Church are cited as alternative possible locations of the monastery
Daire-calgach;
Doire-Choluim-Chille;
Daire Duib-recles;
Cella Nigra
Derry Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian — affiliated to SS Peter & Paul, Armagh;
founded c.1233?;
reportedly in very poor state of repair by 1411, due to warfare and adversity;
churches desecrated and community expelled 1566; under occupation by English troops under Colonel Edward Randolph;
restored? canons possibly briefly returned;
dissolved 1576?; reoccupied by the English;
Augustinian Friars
refounded c.1643
Cella Nigra
Derry Priory Cistercian nuns
founded 1218;
dissolved 1512
Derry Franciscan Priory purported foundation of Franciscan Friars;
(in 1609 the commissioners erroneously took the ruins of the Blackfriars house (see immediately below) to be Franciscan)
Derry — St Dominic's Priory spurious accounts of earlier Dominican foundation;
Dominican Friars
founded 1274;
dissolved 1576;
briefly restored?
St Dominic
Desertmartin Monastery early monastic site, apparently founded by a member of the O'Lynn family (suggested by the name Mainister O'Fhloinn);
erenaghs until 16th century
Mainister O'Fhloinn;
Moneysterlin
Desertoghill Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by St Colmcille;
erenaghs until 16th century
Disert-ui-tuathghaill;
Desert-O'Tuohill
Donnybrewer Monastery early monastic site Domnach-dala;
Domnach-dola
Drumachose Abbey early monastic site, patronised 6th century by St Cainnech Druimcoos;
Dirumcoos;
Dronagh;
Drungrosa;
Roa
Dunbo Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Adamnan;
erenaghs until 16th century
Dun-bo
Duncrun Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick Dun-cruithne
Dungiven Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century, by St Naechtain? Dun-geimin;
Dun-giobhin;
Dun-gevin
Dungiven Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian?
founded after 1140? (after 1138?), purportedly by the O'Cahan family;
dissolved before 1603;
round tower incorporated into church, but collapsed c.1784
St Mary</noinclude>
Errigal Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
destroyed by Norsemen 9th century;
erenaghs until 16th/17th century
Airecal-Adamnan;
Arragel
Faughanvale Monastery early monastic site, erenaghs until 16th century St Canice (St Conici)
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Nuachongbail;
Fochwayll;
Killeitra;
Tircaerthian
Kilcronaghan Monastery early monastic site, patronised by St Cruithnechan;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Cell-cruithneachain
Killelagh Monastery erroneously given as County Derry in Gwynn & Hadcock index — actually County Donegal
Kilrea Monastery early monastic site; erenagh land until 1609 Cell-reagh
Lan More Friary ~ Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
foundation unknown;
dissolution unknown;
possibly County Derry or County Antrim
Landmore?
Lissan Monastery early monastic site, founded before 744 Lessan
Macosquin Abbey + St Mary's Church of Ireland, Macosquin - geograph.org.uk - 529704.jpg Cistercian monks — from Morimond, France
founded 1218;
dissolved before 1600; granted to the London Companies (Merchant Taylors) authorities for the plantation of Derry;
house named 'Glebe House' built on site of claustral buildings c.1770;
scant remains of monastic church incorporated into St Mary's C.I. parish church, built on site
Clarus Fons;
Magoscain;
Moycoscain
Maghera Monastery + Maghera Church - geograph.org.uk - 222328.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Lurach;
plundeded by the Norsemen 832;
church burnt 1135;
diocesan cathedral
see transferred from Ardstraw c.1152;
see transferred to Derry 1254
Machaire-ratha-luraig;
Rath-Luraig;
Rath-lure
Magilligan Monastery early monastic site, erenagh land until early 17th century Aird-megiollagain;
Ardia;
Scrin-i-nArdia;
Ballynascreen-ardia;
Tamlachta-ard;
Tamlaght-ard;
The Shrine of St Columb
Tamlaght Finlagan Monastery early monastic site, founded 585 by St Fionn-logha;
erenaghs until early 17th century;
site occupied by remains of a church destroyed 1641
Tamlacht-fionloga;
Templefinlagan;
Ballykelly
Tamlaght O'Crilly Monastery early monastic site; erenaghs until early 17th century Ta, lachta-mac-ninaich
Termoneeny Monastery early monastic site; erenaghs until early 17th century Termon-any
Eanegea



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County Tyrone[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Tyrone edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ardboe Monastery Ardboe Cross.jpg early monastic site, founded late 6th century;
burned 1166;
destroyed by John de Courcey in 1198
Ard-bo;
Arboe
Ardstraw Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Eugene;
diocesan cathedral c.581;
see transferred to Maghera c.1152;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Ard-stratha;
Ard-strath;
Cenel-Eoghain;
Kinel-eoguin
Ardtrea Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded 5th century by St Trea
Artrea;
Ard-trega
Ballinesaggart Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular?
Ballynasaggart Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1489 by Con O'Neal;
dissolved before 1607?
Baile-na-sagart;
Baile-i-dhalaigh
Priory of Our Lady of Benburb * Servite Friars
founded 1949 at a mansion in the demesne of Benburb Castle
Bodoney Monastery # early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
St Patrick's C.I. parish church possibly built on site
Badoney;
Both-domnaich
Brantry Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual — place of refuge from Armagh
Carrickmore Monastery
St Columbkille's Bed (2), Carrickmore - geograph.org.uk - 850759.jpg
early monastic site, founded by St Columba Temple termonmaguirk;?
Termon Cumainig
Cappagh Monastery early monastic site, patron St Eoghan;
erenaghs until 16th century
Ceapach
Clogher Abbey — St Mary Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
transferred from cathedral (see immediately below) before 1183;
dissolved before 1600?
St Mary
Clogher Abbey — St Macarten's Cathedral ClogherCathedral.JPG early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1135;
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
adopted after 1140;
see transferred to Louth c.1138;
transferred to new site (see immediately above) before 1183;
see returned 1192;
CI episcopal diocesan cathedral from 8 August 1542
St Macarten
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Clochar
Clonfeacle Monastery early monastic site, founded before 597;
Culdees
united to Armagh c.950;
site possibly occupied by St Jarlath's RC Church
Cluain-fiachne;
Cluain-fiacul
Corickmore Abbey Corickmore Friary SE 2012 09 21.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1500;
dissolved c.1603; granted to Sir Henry Piers; assignee Sir Daniel Lee
Caorock;
Comrac;
Corrock
Donaghanie Monastery Donaghanie graveyard - geograph.org.uk - 76550.jpg early monastic site, founded by St Patrick Domnach an Eich;
Donnagh an egh
Donaghedy Monastery Donaghedy Church, Donemana - geograph.org.uk - 206601 early monastic site, patron St Caidinus (Bishop Caoiti);
erenaghs until early 17th century
Domnach-caoide
Donaghmore Monastery Donaghmore Cross - geograph.org.uk - 52364.jpg early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
dissolved after 1172;
burned 1195;
shrines owned by Culdees 1291;
in use as parochial church 1306;
rectory owned by Culdees until 16th century;
church remains visible to 19th century;
damaged high cross re-erected 18th century; (NM)
Domnach-mor-maige-imclair
Donaghrisk Priory Donaghrisk old graveyard - County Tyrone order unknown
founded 1294 by a member of the O'Hagan family
Domnach-riascad;
Donarisk
Dromore Abbey Dromore Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 55654.jpg Cistercian monks
purportedly founded on the site of early nunnery (see immediately below);
burnt 1690;
Dromore Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded by St Patrick;
purportedly on the site of later Cistercian abbey (see immediately above)
Druim-Dubhain Cluain-Dubhain</noinclude>
Drumragh Monastery early monastic site, patron St Colmcille;
erenagh land until 16th/17th century
Druim-raithe;
Dromeraa;
Little Abbey
Dungannon Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1489 by Con O'Neal (Con McHenry McOwen);
dissolved 1607; granted to Richard Nugent, Baron of Delvin 1611
Ballynasagart
Dungannon Friary Franciscan Friars, First Order
founded after the Restoration 1687;
dissolved 1817
Dunmisk Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick; patron Presbyter Meascáin Domnach Meascáin;
Domnach Mescan;
Dún Meascáin
Errigal Keerogue Monastery Errigle Church and Cross, Errigle, Augher Co Tyrone - geograph.org.uk - 141927.jpg early monastic site, patron St Ciaran, founded before 506 by St Macartin;
Franciscan St Kieran's church built on site
Airecal-da-chiaroc;
Errigal Keeroge
Glenarb Monastery early monastic site Cluain-oirb;
Clonarb
Kilskeery Monastery early monastic site, founded 749;
erenagh into 16th century
Cell-scire;
Kilskirry
Leckpatrick Monastery Old Leckpatrick Graveyard, Ballymagorry, May 2010 (02) early monastic site; erenagh land until after 1600 Cell-patrick;
Magherynelec
Longfield Monastery early monastic site; erenagh at least until 1609 Lemchaill;
Leamcoil;
Lauchyll;
Langfield
Magheraglass Priory early monastic site, probably founded 6th century by St Columcille;
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
dependent on Armagh;
founded 1242 by Terence O'Hagan;
possibly dissolved by c.1400;
converted into a fortress by the O'Hagans during the Elizabethan wars
Magh-erir-di-ghlais;
Maghcolum-cille;
Maghlemchailli?
Omagh Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1464;
dissolved c.1603; granted to Sir Henry Piers, assigned to Sir Daniel Lee;
an ivy-clad wall along the riverbank by Abbey Bridge is purportedly part of a monastic foundation
An-Omach;
fOmach;
Ogmag;
Oghmagh
Omagh Monastery early monastic site, apparently founded by 792 (though may refer to Drumragh, supra)
Pubble Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1500;
dissolved c.1603; granted to Sir Henry Piers, assigned to Sir Daniel Lee
Popu;
Pobul;
Puble
Scarvagherin Friary Scarvagherin Old Church 2012 09 21.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1456;
dissolved c.1603; granted to Sir Henry Piers
Scairb-an-ciothrainn;
Garvaghkeirinn;
Gervaghkerin
Strabane Friary purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 14th century;[notes 14] (though Franciscans did not arrive until late 17th century);
merged with Scarvaherin, supra
Termonamongan Monastery early monastic site, erenaghs at least to c.1411 Termon-ui-mhaoin
Termonmaguirk Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by St Colmcille;
land owned by the Maguirk family 16th century
Termon-cumaing;
Termon-Comyn
Trillick Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by 613 Trelec-mor;
Trelick


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County Carlow[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Carlow edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Acaun Monastery #, Rathvilly Parish supposed monastic site — order and period unknown
Agha Monastery Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Fintan;
possibly not surviving after 10th century
Achad-finglass;
Achadfinglass;
Achad-Urghlais;
Augha
Aghade Priory Augustinian — Arroasian nuns
dependent on Dublin;
cell of St Mary de Hogges, Dublin;
founded 1151 by Dermot mac Murchard, King of Leinster;
dissolved before 1500?
Athaddy;
Athade;
Athad;
Aghadh;
Aghade Nunnery;
Ath-fhadhat
Athkiltan ~ Knights Templar manor, possibly located in County Carlow Takyltan
Ballymoon Preceptory ø supposed (though dubious) establishment of Knights Templar
purportedly founded c.1300
no record of preceptory found
Bally MacWilliam-roe;
Bally-M'William-Row;
Baile-mic-Uilliam
Carlow Monastery Gaelic monks
founded before 601-2 by St Comgal of Bangor, site granted by Cormac, King of Ui Bairrche
Cathair-lach;
Ceithiorlach
Poor Clare Monastery Carlow,
Graiguecullen
Carlow Graiguecullen Bridge House 2009 09 03.jpg Monastery of Perpetual Adoration
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Poor Clares
founded 19th century
Clonmore Monastery Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Mogue;
possibly not surviving after 10th century;
church burnt 1040
Cluain-mor-maedoc;
Clonemore
Domnach-feic Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick) by St Fiace Domnach-feich
Dunleckney Preceptory # purported Knights Templar
founded 1300;
dissolved 1308[notes 15]
Leighlinbridge Preceptory?
Kilfortchearn Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick) by St Fortchern, bishop Cell-foirtcheirn;
Ui Drona
Killerig Preceptory Knights Templar
founded before 1212 (in the reign of King John) by Gilbert de Borard;
Knights Hospitaller
dissolved 1540; granted to the wife of Gerard Aylmer 1590;
leased to James Sherlock of Waterford
The Preceptory of St John the Baptist
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Killargy;
Killarge;
Friarstown
Leighlin Abbey + LeighlinCathedral.JPG Gaelic monks
founded c.600 by St Gobban;
episcopal diocesan cathedral;
destroyed by fire c.1060;
new cathedral built 12th-13th century; extant;
secular canons purportedly instituted at the cathedral by Bishop John Mulgan (Seaán Ó Maolagáin) c.1422;
dissolved 1567
Old Leighlin Abbey;
Leth-glenn
Leighlin Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular — erroneous reference to the friary of Bakil, Wicklow[notes 16]
Leighlin Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
founded after 1163? at the instance of St Lawrence O'Toole (dubious reference to 9th century foundation by Burchard, son of Gurmund, a Norwegian);
dissolved c.1392;
petition for suppression and appropriation to the cathedral chapter granted by the Pope to the Bishop (Thomas Fleming) 1432
St Stephen
Leighlinbridge Priory Carmelite monks
founded 1265-72 (before the death of Henry III) by a member of the Carew family;
dissolved before 1541; converted into a fort;
restored, convent in existence c.1737
Priory of St Mary
Leighlinbridge Preceptory Knights Templar
apparently same as Dunleckney Preceptory (supra)
Lorum Monastery Gaelic monks
patron St Laseroam (Molaise)
Leamhdruim
St Mullin's Monastery StMullinsAbbey Carlow.JPG Gaelic monks
founded 7th century; (NM)
Achad Cainida;
Tech-moling;
Thamoling;
Temolyn;
Shymylyng;
Thacineling;
Thacmoling
St Mullin's Abbey early monastic site, founded 632 by St Molling, site purportedly granted by St Aidan, Bishop of Ferns;
purported Augustinian Canons Regular (no documentation of foundation);
plundered and burnt before 1138; (NM)
St Mullins Friary Franciscan Friars, license granted 1414 — no evidence foundation ever implemented
Tullow Abbey # Augustinian Friars
founded 1314 by Simon Lumbard and Hugh Talun who granted site;
dissolved 1541?; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond, December 1557
Tully;
Tullagh;
Tealach-fortchern;
Tuluch-ua-bfeidhlimidh;
Tullowphelim;
Tullyfelim;
Laghia;
The Black Abbey
Tullow Friary Carmelite Friars, given in state papers and listed 1645 — no other evidence of foundation
Tullow Monastery # early monastic site, founded 5th century?



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County Cavan[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Cavan edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Belturbet Monastery early monastic site; remains of round tower 1906[notes 17][notes 18]
Cavan Friary CavanFriary.JPG claims of Dominican Friars prior to Franciscans[notes 19]evidence lacking;
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1325-30 by Giolla O'Reilly (Gila-Isu Roe O'Reilly, Lord of Muintur-Maelmordha);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1499 or 1502 (1503);
destroyed by fire with much of the town 1576, by a woman of the O'Reilly family;
refounded
dissolved 1608
The Friary Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cavan
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Cabhan;
Brefinium
Drumlane Priory The round tower, Drumlane Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 1405855.jpg Gaelic monks
founded before 550, probably by St Colmcille (reputedly founded by St Maidoc, Bishop of Ferns, though already flourishing when he was born);
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
dependent on Kells, Meath;
founded 1143-8?;
dissolved 1570; granted for a term of 21 years to Hugh O'Reilly, head of the Brenie sept c.1570;
nave still used for Divine Service until early 19th century
The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Drumlane
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Drumlane Abbey;
Dromlahan
Killinagh Monastery early monastic site, founded early 6th century traditionally by St Brigid and St Laighne Killineach
Killachad Abbey founded before 800 by St Tigernach;
plundered by the English late 12th century
Kilmore Abbey #+ KilmoreCathederal.jpg Gaelic monks
founded 885 traditionally by St Fedlemid, who transferred his community from Slanore;
parochial church built on site;
raised to episcopal diocesan cathedral status 1452;
new parochial church built 19th century, incorporating remnants believed to originate from the monastic site at Trinity Island;
now the Church of Ireland cathedral
Lough Oughter Abbey, Trinity Island early monastic site;
possible episcopal diocesan cathedral prior to transfer to Kilmore;
Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Loughkey;
island granted to Loughkey by Cathal O'Reilly
founded 1237 by Clarus MacMailin (MacMoylon), Archdeacon of Elphin;
canons brought from Loughkey 1250;
lost conventual status 1412;
restored and regained conventual status 1444;
granted for a period of 21 years to Hugh O'Reilly, Head of the Brenie sept 1570;
found in 1585 that no payment received for over eleven years;
dissolved 1585, though canons remained in occupation;
ruinous by 1646
Trinity Priory;
Loch-uachtair;
Locha-uachtair;
Lochwochdayr;
Ballineval?
Slanore Monastery Gaelic monks
founded early 6th century by Colman mac Echdach;
suggested to have been episcopal diocesan cathedral;[notes 20]
transferred to Kilmore by St Fedlemid
Snamluthir
Tomregan Monastery Gaelic monks;
traces of church and round tower[notes 21]
Tuaim-dreacon;
Tomregin
Urney Monastery Gaelic monks;
remains purported to be a church of the Bishop of Triburna (Kilmore)[notes 22]
Urnaide



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County Clare[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Clare edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Behagh Friary ø Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 23]probable mistaken identification of Beagh, County Galway Beagh
Bishop's Island Monastery Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Senan;
remains of eremite monastery[notes 24]
Canon Island Abbey Canon Island Abbey.png Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1180? by Donald O'Brien, King of Limerick, probably on site of early monastery (see immediately below);
dissolved before 1577; granted to Henry, Earl of Thomond; (NM)
Inisnegananagh Priory;
Inis-negananagh;
Inis-negananagad;
Insula Canonicorum;
Elanagranoch;
Elaunaganaghe;
Island of Saints
Canon Island Monastery early monastic site, probably founded by St Senan;
site possibly later occupied by Augustinian abbey (see immediately above)</noinclude>
Ceannindis Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Comgan of Killeshin;
possibly located in County Clare
Cenn-indis;
Cenn-innis
Clare Abbey, Clarecastle ClareAbbey.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1189 or 1191 by Donald O'Brien, King of Limerick;
dissolved c.1543; granted to Henry, Earl of Thomond 1661; (NM)
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Clareabbey
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Clareabbey;
Clar;
Clair;
Clayr;
Cleara;
de Forgio;
Forgy
Corcomroe Abbey CorcomroeAbbey1.jpg suggested early monastic site, Irish monks
founded 1175?;
Cistercian monks from Inish-lounaght;
founded 1194/5, endowed by Donald O'Brien, King of Limerick;
dissolved after 1600; granted to Richard Harding (date unknown); (NM)
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary of the Fertile Rock, Corcomroe
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Corcomruad;
Corcamer;
Corcumro;
Petra Fertili
Sancta Maria de Petra Fertili
Drim Friary Franciscan Friars — place of refuge;
founded c.1740, expelled from Quin; dissolved 1820 (death of last friar)
Drumcliff Monastery Church-Drumcliff-Cemetery-Ennis.jpg Gaelic monks
founded 6th century reputedly by St Colmcille
Dysert O Dea Monastery DysertODeaMonastery.jpg Gaelic monks
founded before 735 by Tola;
remains of 12th-century church on site
Dissert O'Dea;
Disert O'Dea;
Dysart O'Dea;
Disert-Tola
Ennis Friary * EnnisFranciscanFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1240-7 (before 1242? or c.1284) by Donchad Cairbreach O'Brien (Donatus Carbrac O'Brien), King of Thomond;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1536-40 (1550);
dissolved; granted to the Earl of Thomond 1578; granted to William Dongan Esq.;
dissolved on the death of the last friar 1617;
friars returned 1628; expelled 1651;
friars returned c.1660; expelled 1693;
in use as C.I. parish church 1615;
Franciscan Friars
founded 1841; acquired 1854;
Provincial Novitiate House 1877; Novitiate House of the Irish Province 1902; extant
Nave: St Francis
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Innse-an-laoigh;
Inis-an-laoigh;
Ennis-an-laoigh;
Inis-cluan-ruada;
Iniscluanramhfada
Ennis Nunnery ø supposed nuns — erroneous interpretation[notes 25]
Ennis Monastery * EnnisMonastery.jpg Poor Clares
Enniskerry Monastery early monastic site, oratory built by St Senan of Scattery Mutton Island;
Inis-caorach
Ennistimon Monastery Gaelic monks Ennistymon;
Omos-timain;
Inis-tomen;
Inis-diomain
Feenish Monastery ~ Gaelic nuns
founded (in the time of St Senan of Scattery) by St Brigid, daughter of Conchraid of the Mactail family?
Inis-fidhe;
Fidh-inis;
Cluain-fidhe;
Finish
Glencolumbkille Abbey Columban monks
founded by St Columcille;
CI Church on site
Glan Columb-chille;
Glann-columcille;
Glenn-choluimchille;
Glenn-coluimbcille
Illaunmore Monastery Gaelic monks
founded 7th/8th century;
possibly not surviving after the 10th century (historically located in County Galway)
Oilenmor;
Mucinis Monastery? (v. infra)
Illaunmore, ø
Lough Derg
possible monastic site — order and period unknown
Inchicronan Priory InchicronanPriory.JPG early monastic site, possibly founded 6th century by patron, St Cronan of Tuamgraney;[notes 26]
Augustinian Canons Regular — from Clareabbey
dependent on Clare;
founded c.1198? by Donald O'Brien, King of Limerick, who granted the island to Clare;
parish church 1302, built on the site of an earlier monastery;
dissolved c.1543;
restored and in use by 'friars' in the reign of Elizabeth;
church restored for parochial use 1615 by Donogh, Earl of Thomond; granted to Henry, Earl of Thomond 1661; (NM)
Conventual Priory of St Mary, Ynyscronan (1421);
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Inchycronayne;
Inis-cronain;
Inchycronayn
Inishcealtra Monastery, Inishcealtra
(Holy Island)
InisCealtraMonastery.JPG early monastic site, founded 653 by St Camin, buried here;
suggested Augustinian Canons Regular — evidence lacking
Iniskeltair Abbey;
Iniscealtra;
Inis Cealtra;
Inishcaltra;
Iniscaltra;
Inis-celtra;
Inis-keltair
Inisanlaoi Monastery monastic site, unknown order and foundation, actually Ennis Franciscan Friary (supra)[notes 27] Inis-anlaoige
Inishloe Abbey Gaelic monks
founded by Turlogh, King of Thomond, buried here; on an island in the Shannon Estuary between Scattery and Limerick[notes 28]
Inis-luaidh;
Inis-lua
Inish-loinge nuns, founded 6th century (in the time of St Senan),[notes 29] sited between Scattery and Limerick Inis-luinge;
Inishloinge
Inishmore Monastery tradition of early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Senan on Deer Island, but Canon Island possibly the site of this foundation of Senan's Inchmore;
Deer Island?
Inis-tuaischert early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Senan, possibly County Clare, possibly a small island in the Fergus Estuary
Kilballyowen Monastery monastic site, unknown foundation and order
church built to the south of the site, now in ruins in a cemetery
Kilcarragh Monastery hospital or monastery;
granted to John King
Kilfarboy Monastery ø~ early monastic site, also given as Kilfobrick, County Meath[notes 30] Cell-fobric;
Kilfobrick
Kilfenora Monastery + KilfenoraCathedral.jpg Celtic monks, purportedly founded by St Fachnan (possibly Fachtnan, founder of Ross Carbery)
probably continuing after 1111;
episcopal diocesan cathedral probably by 1152; extant
Fenabore;
Cell-fionnabrach;
Cell-findabrach;
Cell-umabrach;
Fynabore
Killadusert Monastery Gaelic monks
founder unknown
Killadysert;
Disert-murthaile;
Kildysert
Killaloe Monastery Gaelic monks
founded 10th century;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111
monastery probably continuing after 1111 and throughout the 12th century, though evidence lacking;
church becoming CI cathedral 1546
Laonia;
Cell-da-lua;
Kildalua
Killinaboy Monastery early monastic site, founded by Ingrid Baoith
Killone Abbey KilloneAbbey.jpg Augustinian Nuns
founded c.1189 (or monks founded 1120) by Donald O'Brien, King of Limerick on site owned by Clare Abbey;
dissolved before 1584;
ruinous by 1617;
now in the grounds of Newhall House, with public access
The Abbey Church of Saint John the Baptist, Killone
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Killoen;
St John de Thomon
Kilnagallech Monastery ~ Gaelic nuns
probable cell
Kinagalliagh;
Kilnagellech;
Cell-eochaille;
Cell-na-Caillech;
Kill-nac-caillech
Kilshanny Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1194 by Donal Mor O'Brien, King of Thomond;
dissolved before 1581?; granted to Robert Hickman
probably St Mary and St Augustine
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Kilshonny;
Cell-seanaig;
Kil-feanye;
Kil-teanna;
Kyllsenayd
Mucinis Monastery ~ early monastic site,
plundered by Norsemen 922;
possibly County Clare, either at Hog Island or Lough Derg
Muicinis Riagail;
Muck-inis;
Hog Island;
Pig Island
possibly Illaunmore (v. supra)
Noughaval Monastery Gaelic monks
founded by St Mogua
Nuachongbhail
Outhgmama Monastery early monastic site Ucht-mama
Quin Abbey QuinAbbey.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1402;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1433 by Macon MacNamara;
dissolved 1541, though friars remained in occupation; granted to Conor O'Brien, Baron Ibracken 1543;
confirmed to the Earls of Thomond 1577; granted to Sir Tirlagh O'Brien, of Irishdyman 1583;
burnt 1584;
repaired and refounded by Roman Catholics 1604;
friars expelled 1617;
returned c.1626;
friars expelled 1637; (NM)
Quin Friary;
Quinchy
Rath Monastery # Gaelic monks
founded by St Blathmac;
stump of round tower demolished 1838
Rathblathmaic
Rossmanagher Monastery Gaelic nuns Ros-bendchuir;
Ross-Bennchoir
Scattery Island Monastery RUINS ON SCATTERY ISLAND, 1902.jpeg Celtic monks
founded 6th century by St Senan (or by St Patrick);
granted to the Mayor and Corporation of Limerick c.1577
Inishscattery
Tomfinlough Monastery Gaelic monks; probably not continuing after the 10th century;
site now occupied by remains of Tomfinlough church
Finlough
Tomgraney Abbey Gaelic monks Tomgrany;
Tuamgranney;
Tuamgraney
Tulla Abbey Gaelic monks



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County Cork[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Cork edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeymahon Abbey AbbeymahonAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from Baltinglass, County Wicklow;
(community founded at Aghamanister 1172);
transferred from Aghamanister before 1278;
founded 1278 by Count McSheribay;
jurors deemed the church to have been in parochial use from time immemorial February 1541;
dissolved 1541;
leased to Viscount Barrymore 1568;
leased to Nicholas Walshe, Justice of Munster, 1584;
granted in perpetuity to Walshe 1587
Abbey Mahon Abbey;
Fons Vivus;
Maun;
Maure;
O'Manne;
Ui-Badamna;
O'Badvine;
Obalvine
Abbeystrowry Abbey AbbeystrowryAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from Abbeymahon
founded after 1228

possibly restored as an abbey before 1281, and shortly failed;
dissolved after 1281;
cell of Abbeymahon from 1281;
dissolved c.1541

Strowry Abbey;
Mainistre-Inscorrye;
Shrowry;
Flumen Vivum?
Aghadown Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
round tower standing until 18th century
Aughadown
Achad-duine
Aghamanister Abbey AghamanisterAbbey.jpg Cistercian monks — from Baltinglass;
founded 1172 by Dermot MacCormac MacCarthy, King of Desmond
dissolved before 1278: transferred to Abbeymahon
Ui Badamna;
Abbey
Ballybeg Priory BallybegPriory.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1229 by Philip de Barry;
dissolved 1541; granted to George Bouchier, Esq c.1573 (who forfeited for non-payment of rent);
granted to Stephen Walter of Cork in 1583
St Thomas
Ballygarvan Monastery ~, Carrigaline parish supposed monastic site — order, foundation and period unknown
Ballymacadane Abbey Augustinian nuns
founded c.1450? by Cormac MacCarthy MacTiege Laider;
dissolved1539?; site granted to Franciscan Friars (see immediately below)
Balie-macedan;
Bally-macedan;
Bally-magadain;
Bally-vacadane
Ballymacadane Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1539? on site of Augustinian nunnery (see immediately above);
dissolved before 1584?
Ballynoe Monastery supposed monastic site — order and period unknown, suggested Knights Hospitaller[notes 31] Baile-nua-na-sagart
Ballyvourney Abbey Gaelic nuns
founded 650 (6th or 7th century) by St Abban, for St Gobonate;
possibly continuing after 1111;
dissolved before 1172?
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
Ballvourney
Baile-Mhuirne;
Baile-boirne
Bantry Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1460 (existing by 1466), 1307?[notes 32] 1320[notes 33])
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1482 by Fr David Hiarlaighy;
Observant Franciscan Friars 1522-32;
nominally suppressed 1541-2; friars reportedly expelled on several occasions[notes 34] by the English during the reign of Elizabeth I;
demolished by Daniel O'Sullivan of Beare;
refounded;
dissolved 1580 and occupied by the English;
O'Sullivan promised to rebuild house 1602
Beanntraighe;
Bendtraigi
Bawnatemple Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks[notes 35]
Bridgetown Abbey Bridgetown abbey.jpeg Augustinian Canons Regular — Victorine — from Newtown Trim and St Thomas, Dublin
founded 1206-16 by Alexander Fitz Hugh;
dissolved c.1545; obtained by Roger Pope of Grangegorman, surrendered to Sir Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy, 1576-7; held by Viscount of Fermoy 1588; granted to Ludovick Briskell 1595
St Mary
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Bridge Town Priory;
Baile-an-dorchid;
Balindroghed;
Balindregh;
Pons Fermoy;
Villa-Pontis
Brigown Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by 6th century? St Abban;
possibly not continuing after 10th century;
round tower fell 1720
Brigobann;
Mitchelstown
Buttevant Friary ButtevantFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1251[notes 36] (1276-9[notes 37] or 1290) by David Oge Barry (David de Barry), Lord Buttevant;
nominally suppressed 1540;
dissolved 1559 (during the reign of Elizabeth I);
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1609-29;
re-occupied from Restoration to after 1800; (NM)
Ecclesia Tumulorum;
Bothon;
Buton;
Killenenagh;
Killnamullagh;
Botha-finn
Buttevant Nunnery purported nunnery — evidence lacking St Owen or St John the Baptist
Carrigillihy Monastery ø,
Myross parish
unknown or doubtful establishment, supposedly Cistercian monks;
founded 1172 by Dermot MacCarthy, King of Desmond;
dissolved; granted to Nicholas Walshe, in perpetuity c.1587;
ruins erroneously attributed as Maure Abbey[notes 38] (actually Abbeymahon)
Carigillihy;
Curraghalicky;
Abbey de Sancto Mauro
Castlecor ~ supposed monastic site — order, foundation and period unknown; apparent abbey at Castle Corinth[notes 39] Castle Corith
Castlelyons Abbey Carmelite Friars
founded 1307-9 (1324) from within the de Barry family, (John de Barry[notes 40]), who had been granted license to alienate an area of land for a Carmelite friary 11 August 1309, but inhibited being without papal license;
dissolved c.1541;
granted to Viscount Barrymore 1568;
restored by c.1737; now Castlemartyr
Castle Lyons
Castlelyons Friary Dominican friars,
founded 1307 by John de Barry;
Dominicans, Franciscans and Carmelites were associated with the foundation
dissolved 1541; granted to Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork
a hedge school 18th century
Castle Lyons
Castlemartyr Priory Carmelite monks
Cecilstown ~ supposed monastic site — order and period unknown
Clear Island Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by St Ciaran of Seirkieran
Inis-cleire;
Traigh-Chiarain
Clogagh Friary ø Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
foundation called a 'little abbey',[notes 41] doubtful a community existed here
Cloggagh;
Cloig-theach
Clonmeen Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
founded by Mr O'Callaghan (the O'Callaghan family,[notes 42] possible erroneous reference to Clonmines, County Wexford[notes 43]
"site of monastery"[notes 44]
Clonmere;
Cluain-min;
Clonmines (County Wexford)?;
Clonmine?
Cloyne Cathedral Monastery and Nunnery CloyneCathedral.JPG early monastic site,
purported nunnery,[notes 45] apparently erroneous reference to Killeedy (Cluainchreduil), County Limerick;
founded 6th century by Colman mac Lenine;
destroyed many times by Vikings;
St Ite
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Cluain-uama;
Cluain-vama;
Killeedy (Cluainchreduil) (County Limerick)?
Coole Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century? by St Abban Cuil-collingi;
Cul-collingi;
Cul-collainge;
Cul-chuillinghe;
Cilculen
Coole Abbey Franciscan Friars
Coole Preceptory Knights Templar
founded 1296 by a de Barry
Conna Preceptory ø purported Knights Hospitaller[notes 46]
Cork Augustinian Priory * Augustinian Canons Regular
built 1780; extant
Cork Monastery # CorkCathedralsunlight.jpg early monastic site, founded 600 by St Finbar (Bairre);
site probably now occupied by St Finbarre's Cathedral
Corcagh;
Corcaigh
Cork Hospital and Cell Benedictine monks
dependent on Waterford
founded c.1191;
united to Bath before 1204;
dissolved 1536
Cell or hospital of St John the Evangelist, Cork
Cork — St Sepulchre's Priory ø Benedictine monks — held by St Nicholas's Priory, Exeter, sometime having a prior, though no community here
Cork Priory Benedictine?-Augustinian nuns
founded 1297 on the wishes of Agnes de Hareford, on the findings of enquiry by John Wogan, Justiciar, on direction of the Crown;
dissolved before 1540?
St John the Baptist
Cork Augustinian Abbey RedAbbeyTower Cork.JPG Augustinian Friars
founded 14th/15th century
before 1306[notes 47] (during the reign of Edward I[notes 48]) by Lord Kinsale;
Observant Augustinian Friars 1472 to 1475 and 1484;
dissolved 1540; granted to Cormac MacCarthy c.1576
The Abbey Church of the Most Holy Trinity
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Red Abbey Tower
Cork Black Friary Dominican Friars
founded 1229 by Lord Philip de Barry;
Observant Dominican Friars
reformed 1484;
dissolved 1540-1; granted to William Boureman 20 December 1543;
bought by Brown and Goule;
request by the Earl of Desmond to return the friary to the Dominicans 1557 - uncertain whether the Dominicans regained the friary from the purchasers;
granted to Sir John King 1616;
(subsequent history J. P. O'Heyne, O.P. Irish Dominicans (Epilogue Chronology ...), translated by A. Coleman, O.P., 1902, 1706 and A. Coleman, O.P., The Ancient Dominican Foundations of Ireland, 1902)
St Mary de Insula
Cork — Gill Abbey daughter house of Cong;
founded 1136-7? by Cormac Mac Carthy;
dissolved 1542-4; granted c.1590 to Cormac MacCarthy and Sir Richard Grenville;
CI Church on site
St John the baptist (correctly St John the Evangelist)
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Antro S. Finarri;
Weem;
Weym
Cork — St Stephen's Priory founded before 1295;
converted to the Blue-coat Hospital 1674
Cork Grey Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1214 by Dermot Mor MacCarthy Reagh;
built c.1229-31, benefactors the de Barrys and Prendergasts;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1500;
dissolved and abandoned 1540; granted to Andrew Skydy c.1565
St Mary's Shandon
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Seandun;
Shandon
Cork Franciscan Friary * founded 1609;
extant
Cork Nunnery ~ Benedictine[notes 49] or Augustinian[notes 50] nuns
license granted following petition by Agnes de Hareford, a recluse of Cork, and enquiry by John Wogan, Justiciar 1297, on the direction of the Crown;
founded c.1327 by William de Barry who, with John de Barry, John FitzGilbert and Philip FitzRobert granted endowments to Agnes and others nuns;
possibly on site later occupied by Market House
St John the Baptist
Cork Nunnery ø supposed Benedictine nuns
Cork Preceptory Knights Hospitaller (mistakenly given as Knights Templar[notes 51])
hospice rather than regular preceptory, founded before 1212, confirmed to the Hospitallers by Innocent III; built 1292;
dissolved 16th century?; passed to the Crown
St John the Baptist
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Sancti Johannis de Corcag
Creggane Friary supposed Franciscan Friars transferred from Timoleague, arising from a misreading Crecan in Ibane;
Cregane
Cullen Monastery ø purported Gaelic nuns, founded by St Laitrian (Lasair Fhiona) — ruins near a church held to have belonged to an ancient nunnery,[notes 52] latterly under erenaghs Cuillenn Ui Chiuv
Dal Modula ~ early monastic site, possibly located in County Cork
Donaghmore Monastery founded by St Fingene or St Laichtin (Lachtain) of Freshford;
now parochial church
Donoughmore;
Donnoughmore;
Domnach-mor-mitaine
Fermoy Monastery #? Cistercian monks — from Inishlounaght
founded 1170 by Donal Mor O'Brien;
dissolved 1542;
granted to Tibold Roch, son of Viscount Roch, before 1570;
granted to Sir Richard Grenville c.1590
Castrum Dei;
M-fearmaighe;
Armoy;
Fearmaigh;
Iormoy
Garinish Monastery Gaelic nuns
founded before c.530
Kilchuillin;
Ilane-i-Cullin;
Illnacullen
Glanworth Abbey GlanworthAbbey.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1475[notes 53] (1227[notes 54]) by the Roche family;
officially suppressed February 1541, though apparently still in occupation during the reign of Elizabeth I;
restored;
dissolved c.1578, leased to three laymen;
held by the Viscount of Fermoy 1588; subsequent history J. P. O'Heyne, O.P. Irish Dominicans,[notes 55] 1706, T. de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, edition of 1762 and Daphne Pochin Mould, The Irish Dominicans, p. 126
Priory of the Holy Cross
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Glenn-amhnach;
Glenn-amain;
Glanore
Goleen Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1442
Gahannyh Friary?
Gouganebarra Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century, retreat of St Finbarre prior to his founding Cork
Gougane Barra;
Gobhagnabarra
Inishcarra Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by St Senan, who left a community of disciples;
dissolved
Iniscarra;
Iniscara;
Inis-cara by Lua;
Tuaim-nava
Inishleena Monastery Gaelic monks and nuns, reputedly founded by St Finbarre Cellmagciun
Iniskieran Monastery Franciscan friars
founded 1460 by Florence Moar O'Driscoll
Clear Island Monastery
Kilbeacon Monastery Gaelic monks;
founded 650 by St Abban
Kilcatherine Cell Celtic nuns
founded by St Caitiarn, niece of St Senan; double monastery
Cell Catigern;
Cell-chatiern;
Cell-chatigern
Kilcrea Friary KilcreaFriary.JPG Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1465-78 (1470,[notes 56] 1478,[notes 57][notes 58]) by Cormac Mac Thady MacCarthy More, King of Desmond, Lord of Muskerry;
officially suppressed 1542, friars remaining in occupancy under the protection of the MacCarthy family;
dissolved 1577; granted on lease for 21 years to Sir Cormock MacCarthy (Cormac mac Teige MacCarthy), who left the Friars in occupancy;
church plundered by English soldiers 1584;
restored 1589 under Cormac mac Dermot MacCarthy;
sacked 1599;
restored 1604;
dissolved 1614, fell into Protestant possession, friars expelled c.1614;
damaged buildings repaired by Fr. John Gold, 1621;
granted by Oliver Cromwell to Lord Broghill 1641;
in trusteeship of Commissioners of Public Works 1892; (NM)
Cell-credhe;
(cf. Kilkeary)
Kilcrea Nunnery purportedly founded 6th century by St Cere
Kilcrumper Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks, founded 6th century? by St Abban, probably on a site north of Ui Liathain;
Benedictine monks; bestowed on Glascarrig 15th century
Cill Cruimthir;
Ceallcruimthir
Kilkilleen Monastery ø~ supposed monastic site - order, foundation and period unknown
"Friary in ruins"[notes 59]
Killabraher Monastery ø~ supposed monastic site — order and period unknown
Killaconenagh Monastery Gaelic nuns
founded 6th century? by St Abban, after his founding Magee
Killachad conchean?;
Killachadconchean
Killeenemer Monastery
Kilmaclenine Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks, probably founded before 606 by St Colman mac Leinin of Cloyne Cell-mac-leinin
Kilmoney Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
cell, dependent on Gill Abbey
founded ?;
probably a vicarage after mid-14th century;
dissolved before 1400(?);
'Abbey' site given in Memorial Atlas of Ireland 1901
Kilnamanagh Monastery Gaelic nuns, foundation named for Ana, sister of St Caitiarn of Kilcatherine and niece of St Senan Kilmana
Kilnamarbhan Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century? by St Abban
Kilshanahan Monastery ø~ supposed monastic site — unknown order or foundation, "Ruined abbey and church" [notes 60]
Kinneigh Monastery Gaelic monks
founded by St Colman; possibly not surviving after 10th century
Cell-mor-Cinnech;
Cell-mor-Ceanneich
Kinsale Friary * Carmelite Friars
founded 1334[notes 61] (during the reign of Edward III[notes 62]) by Robert fitz Richard Balrain;
dissolved 1541 (1543); Queen Elizabeth I;
rebuilt 2003-2006; extant
The Friary Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
the Friary Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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Kinsale Abbey;
Kynsalle;
Cenn-saile
Kinsale Monastery early monastic site, founded by St M'Eilte Ogh (M'eltioc) St Gobban
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Kynsalle;
Cenn-saile
Labbamolaga Monastery LabbamolagaMonastery.jpg Gaelic monks
founded 7th century by St Molaga of Timoleague, reputedly buried here
Leaba-molaga;
Tampailin;
Tulach-min-molaga?
Legan Abbey,
Monkstown
Benedictine monks, daughter of Waterford Priory
dependent on Waterford and Bath;
founded sometime before 1301 (after 1204);
dissolved before 1350?
Liegane, in Monkstown
Loch-eire Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by St Finbarr
Lough Ine Monastery probable early monastic site, Gaelic monks Lough Hyne;
Templebreedy
Lueim Monastery ø supposed monastic site — order and foundation unknown; mentioned 1318[notes 63]
Midleton Abbey # Cistercian monks — from Monasteranenagh
founded 1179/80, purportedly by the FitzGerald family[notes 64] (or the Barry family[notes 65]); transferred from Monasteranenagh 1180;
dissolved before 1573 (1543); abbot and convent remained as tenants after 1548; granted to John FitzEdmond FitzGerald 1573 and 1575;
destroyed 19th century;
Baptist church of St John reputedly occupies the site
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary of Chore
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de Choro Sancti Benedicti;
Castra-na-chore;
Chorus S. Benedicti;
Monasterore;
Middleton
M-na-chore
Monanimy Commandery ø purported Knights Templar Monanimy Preceptory
Mourne Abbey MourneAbbeyCork.jpg (erroneously given as Knights Templar[notes 66])
founded before 1216 (during the reign of King John) by Alexander de Sancta Helena;
later, Knights Hospitaller
Mourne Preceptory;
Ballynamona Preceptory;
M-na-mona;
Morne;
Meny Nymone;
Ballinemony
The Priory, Newmarket
Nohaval Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks, reputedly founded by St Finian; formerly site of a round tower[notes 67] Nuachongbhail;
Nogoual
Nohavaldaly Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks;
reported stump of round tower[notes 68]
St Finian
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Nuachongbhail;
Nohaval-daly
Omolaggie Monastery early monastic site
Augustinian Canons Regular
possibly dependent on Cong
Quchwill Abbey abbey mentioned in 1355[notes 69] — probable reference Gill Abbey, or possibly Youghal
Ross Priory early monastic site, founded 590 by Saint Fachnan Mougach
unconfirmed suggestion of Augustinian Canons Regular[notes 70]
Benedictine monks
dependent on St James, Wurzburg;
founded before 1148?;
reportedly ruinous by February 1541;
dissolved 1541
The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Rosscarbery
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Rosscarbery;
Rosailithir;
Ross-ailithir;
Ruis-ailithir;
Ross Carberry
Ross in Munster Augustinian Friars, dubious supposed foundation in Ros Carbery
Ross Friary Franciscan Friars, dubious foundation[notes 71]
Sherkin Friary Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1460 by Florence O'Driscoll,Magnus[notes 72] or 1470 by Dermit O'Driscoll,[notes 73] papal license granted 1449, at the petition of Fynin Ohedustoy (Fineen O'Driscoll), to found an Observant friary; though no reference to building before 1460 or 1462;
dissolved: plundered and burnt 1537 (or 1538), friars removed to the mainland;
rebuilt;
1578 restored;
granted to John Bealing 1590;
friars began to rebuild friary 1627; (NM)
Sherkin Island Abbey
Skeam West Monastery ø possible early monastic site, Gaelic monks Skream Island West
Spike Island Monasterysup>ø~ possible early monastic site, possibly located in County Cork or Carrig Island, County Kerry Inispict;
Inispuinc
Spittle Bridge Monastery Gaelic monks
Strawhall Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by St Aed mac Bricc of Killare
Kilbrenan;
Enach-mid-brenin
Templefaughtna ø~ purported Knights Hospitaller — ruins of an old establishment[notes 74]
Timoleague Friary TimoleagueFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars
founded 1240 by McCarthy Riabach or L William James Barry or c.1307-16 by Margery de Courci, wife of William Barry;
built on the site of an earlier monastery;
transferred from Cregan 1279
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1460;
dissolved 1542, Friars in occupancy 1626 and 1641
dissolved; passed to Lord Inchiquin; (NM)
Timoleague Abbey;
Tech-molaiga;
Tech-molagga;
Temolagi;
Thatmelage;
Thimolagi
Toames Monastery Gaelic monks Tuaim-muscraighe Monastery?
Tracton Abbey Cistercian monks — from Whitland
built 1224 by McCarthy;
1225, Cistercian chapter general approved petition from Odo de Barru 1222 and 1223 to found abbey;
colonized 22 February 1225;
suppressed 1540-1, though monks possibly remained;
dissolved after 1541; granted to James Craig and Henry (Gylford (Guilford) 1568;
Elizabeth I directed Henry Gylford to have 60-year lease 1568;
assigned by Craig to the Earl of Cork
Albus tractus;
Traghton
Tulach-min-Molaga ~ early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Molagga of Timoleague and ann Beachaire, possibly located near Mitchelstown or Fermoy, probably Labbamolaga (supra) ?Labbamolaga
Tullylease Abbey early monastic site, founded by St Berechert, an Anglo-Saxon;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1170?, built by Mathew, son of Griffin;
cell dependent on Kells Ossory after 1193;
dissolved (?)
Tulach-leis;
Tealach-leas;
Tealach-lias;
Tulales;
Tullelash;
Tollelyche;
Tolleleyleyse
Weeme Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
extant 14th century
Youghal — Carmelite Friary post-Reformation foundation purportedly established in the ruins of an earlier Carmelite 'abbey'[notes 75]
Youghal — Dominican Friary (North Abbey) NorthAbbeyYoughal.JPG Dominican Friars
founded 1268 (1271[notes 76]) by Thomas fitz Maurice;
built 1268 by Maurice, descendant of Lord Offaly;
Regular Observant Dominican Friars
reformed 1493;
dissolved c.1543; granted in perpetuity to William Walshe c.1580; friars probably expelled 1583;
granted to John Thickpenny, a soldier, 1584;
granted, in the occupation of Thickpenny's widow, to Sir Walter Raleigh, 1587, whereupon the buildings were destroyed, the friars remaining in or near the town
Holy Cross Priory
Our Lady of Graces Priory;
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Eochaille;
Araill;
Iochil;
Yoghill;
Youghuld
Youghal — Franciscan Friary (South Abbey) SouthAbbeyYoughalSite.JPG Franciscan Friars
built 1224 by Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1460;
dissolved 1541-2: church and cloister demolished, convent withdrew to Curraheen, County Waterford;
friars apparently returned soon afterwards, with Coraheen retained for use as a refuge in emergency;
dissolved 1583, friars expelled or killed and buildings destroyed by English Protestants;
abandoned until another house established 1627 (see immediately below)
Youghal — Franciscan Friary, later site Franciscan Friars
founded 1627 in succession to site abandoned (see immediately above)
Youghal Priory YoughalPriory.JPG Benedictine monks
cell, hospital or Maison Dieu, dependent on Waterford and Bath;
founded 1185 before 1306;
dissolved 1536?
St John's House
Youghal Nunnery assumed to have been Franciscan? nuns, possibly St Clare (Franciscan Second Order);
convent possibly founded during the reign of Henry II;
priory founded before 1385;
dissolved 1542

St Anne

Youghill in Munster Friary Augustinian Friars
possibly founded c.1643
Youghal



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County Donegal[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Donegal edit)

Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ard Mhuire Friary * Capuchin Franciscan Friars
Assaroe Abbey AssaroeAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from Boyle
daughter of Boyle
founded 1178 by Roderick O'Cananan, Prince of Tyrconnell or Flaharty;
colonized 1179 or 1184;
dedicated 1184 by Flaharty O'Muldorry;
burnt 1377;
plundered by Niall Óg O'Neill, King of Tyrone 1398;
dissolved after 1597; granted to Anthony Fyrres 1586
God and St Bernard
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Astrath;
Ashroe;
Ashrath;
Eas-Roe;
Es-aeda-ruaid;
Inis-Samer;
Samaria;
Esarua

Aughnish Monastery early monastic site, probably not continuing into 11th century;
erenaghs until 16th century
Each-inis;
Tullyaughnish
Balleeghan Friary BalleeghanFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1471;
dissolved 1603; granted to James Fullerton 1603
Baile-Aighedh-Chaoin;
Baile-Fhindhetain;
Ballagha
Ballymacswiney Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1646 or 1469 by MacSwiney;
dissolved before 1607;
sold to Sir Ralph Bingley by Henry Perse,1612
Baile-mic-suibhne;
Bailli-macquinadoe;
Mukish, nr. Castle Doe
Ballymagrorty Monastery (Drumhome parish) early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Ballymagroarty
Ballysaggart Friary Ballysaggart Friary East Window 2010 09 22.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular

founded c.1500(?) by the Mac-Ruini-Faigs (Mac Swiney Banagh?);
dissolved c.1602

Baile-na-sagart;
Fan-an-chartha;
Fanegarah;
Fanogher;
Fanegarah
Bochiminon Friary ~≈? Carmelite Friars, possibly located in County Donegal, possibly Rathmullen possibly Rathmullan
Bothchonais Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks, purportedly founded by Chonas, second husband of Darerca, sister of St Patrick;
continuing 11th century
Boithe-conais
Carrickmore Monastery early monastic site
coarbs until 16th century
Carraic;
Cairrge
Carrowmore Monastery CarrowmoreCrosses.JPG early monastic site
Clonca Monastery CloncaChurch&Cross2013.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
erenaghs until early 17th century
Clondahorkey Monastery early monastic site;
erenagh land 16th-17th century
Clonenagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Cluain-enach in Inishowen
Clonfert-mulloe Monastery early monastic site, founded before 605;
dissolved after 925
Cluain-ferta-molua;
Kyle
Cluain-imurchir early monastic site, in existence in the time of St Abban Cluain-nimurchir;
Cluain-immorchair
Clonleigh Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded c.530 by St Colmcille;
erenaghs until 16th-17th century
Cluain-laegh;
Cluain-laig;Cluain-laodb;
Croaghan-laodb;
Cruachan-ligean;
Druim-lighean;
Drumleene
Clonmany Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
probably continuing after 1111
Culmaine;
Cluain-maine
Conwal Monastery Conwal Old Church S 2012 09 19.jpg Gaelic monks
founded in early 7th century;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Conwall Monastery
Cnodain Monastery early monastic site[notes 77]
Culdaff Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs to 16th-17th century
Culdabhach;
Coldoch;
Cooledagh
Desertegny Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
erenaghs until after 1397
Disert-eignigh
Domnach-mor-magene Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick
Domnachmormagene;
Domnach-mor-Mag-ene
Donagh Monastery CarndonaghCrosses.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick
Carndonagh;
Domnach-mor-maig-tochair;
Domnach-mor-maig-glinne;
Domnach-morglinnetochair;
Domnachglinne Tochair;
Domnachglinne Tochuir
Donaghmore Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick for Dubudae;
possibly continuing after 1111;
desolated by 1179;
erenagh lands until 1609
Domnach-mor-maige-itha;
Donagmore
Donegal Friary Donegal Friary SE 2009 09 23.jpg Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1474 (or 1473) by Aodh Rua (Hugh Rufus) O'Donnell, chief of Tirconnell, and his mother, Nuala O'Connor;
plundered and garrisoned by the English 1588;
English driven away by Red Hugh 1592;
repaired and re-occupied by 1600;
abandoned 1601;
dissolved 1601;
17th century place of refuge at Lough Eske;
removed to Rossnowlagh (extant); (NM)
'Donegal Abbey' ;
Donegall;
Duin-na-gall;
Dunangall;
Dungallen
Drumhome Monastery Drumhome Old Church 2010 09 22.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
possibly continuing after 1111;
erenaghs at least until c.1609
Druim-thuoma;
Druim-tuama;
Drimholm;
Mullanacross
Eskaheen Monastery EskaheenMonastery.JPG early monastic site Iskaheen;
Uisce-chaoin;
Uskechaoin
Fahan Monastery Fahan Mura Cross Slab 1996 08 29.jpgFahanCrossSlab&ChurchRuin.JPG Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
possibly continuing after 10th century;
C.I. parochial church built on site 17th century, now ruined
Fathen-mura;
Athan-mura;
Fothenmor;Othain-mor;
Faynwor;
Upper Fahan
Gartan-Rath Monastery Gartan Ráth Cnó Turas 3 Cross 2012 09 19.jpgGartanRathMonasterySite.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 521 by St Colmcille
Garton;
Gartan;
Gortan
Glencolumbkille Monastery Gleann Cholm Cille St. Columba's Church 2010 09 24.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
church on site demolished 1828;
C.I. parochial church built on site
Glenn-choluim-chille;
Seinglean;
Senglend
Grellagh Monastery early monastic site Greallach;
Templemoyle
Inishkeel Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded before c.580
Inis Keel;
Inis-caoil;
Inis-coel
Inis Saimer Monastery ~ purported monastic site, location given as island off St John's Point[notes 78]island does not exist;
identified as Assaroe[notes 79] q.v.
Ines Samer;
cf Assaroe
Inver Monastery Inver Old Church West Gable 2012 09 16.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Náile of Kinawley;
in parochial use until 1807
Inber-naile
Inver Friary ø purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 80]
Kilbarron Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Cell-barrainne;
Kilvanny
Kilcar Monastery Kilcar Old Church 2010 09 24.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St. Carthach
Kilcartaich;
Cell-charthaigh;
Killen
Killaghtee Monastery early monastic site, ruins of three churches;
erenagh land until 1609
Cell-aedh-leacht
Killybegs Friary Killybegs St. Catherine's Friary SW 2012 09 16.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1535–1540 by MacSwiny Bannagh;
dissolved c.1600;
Observant Franciscan Friars
place of refuge c.1641;
church in C.I. parochial use until 1829
St. Catherine
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Cell-beaga;Calebeg;
Colebeg;
Callobegg-Boylaugh;
Kilbeg
Killybegs Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until 1609
Killydonnell Friary KillydonnellFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1471 by Calvagh O'Donnell, on grant of petition to the Pope by Franciscan brothers Dermit Idurnyn and Dermit Magillacsbuig;
dissolved c.1603; granted to Captain Basil Brooke
Cell Ua dTomhrair;
Cell-ua-dtomhrair;
Kill-odtonaire;
Kill-O-Donel
Kilmacrenan Friary Kilmacrenan Friary South Wall II 2012 09 19.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1537 by Manus O'Donnell on an early monastic site (see immediately below);
dissolved 1603
Doire Eithne;
Cell-mic-Nenain;
Cell-mac-n-enain;
Cell-mic-creunain;
Kilmictrenain
Kilmacrenan Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
possibly continuing after 1111;
site of Franciscan friary (see immediately above)</noinclude>
Kilmonaster Monastery Cistercian monks
founded c.1194 by E. O'Dogharty of Tirconnel;
dissolved before 1228: united to Assaroe presumably before 1228;
grange
Kilfothuir;
Hilfothuir;
Kill-Fothuir;
Cillifori;
Kyfeire
Leck Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until 1609[notes 81]
Lackovenan;
Leac;
Liacc
Lough Derg Friary — Saints Island Augustinian Canons Regular
founded on Station Island (see immediately below) c.1130;
Franciscan Friars
founded before 1631
Lough Derg Priory — Station Island
(see St Patrick's Purgatory)
Lough Derg St. Patrick's Cross 2009 09 17.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick or St Dabeoc in the time of St Patrick;
Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Armagh, probably by St Malachy;
founded c.1130 (after 1134);
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian;
adopted after 1140;
plundered 1196 by an O'Cairin;
destroyed 1207 by Bratachas O'Boyle and M'Mahon;
transferred to Saints Island;
dissolved after 1600?
St Debeog;
St Patrick
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Finnloch;
Termon Dabeoc
Lough Derg Monastery — Station Island Franciscan Friars
founded 1763;
dissolved 1781, passed to the clergy of the Diocese of Clogher
Lough Eske Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual, place of refuge 17th century from Donegal
Magherabeg Friary Magherabeg Friary Nave 2010 09 22.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after/c.1430 by Niall Garbh[notes 82] O'Donnell;[notes 83]
dissolved 1601
An-macaire-beg;
Macairebeg;
Magherybeg
Malin Monastery ø ancient church, purportedly monastic[notes 84] Mala
Mevagh Monastery Mevagh Church East and South Window 2014 08 31.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks;
erenaghs to 1609;
remains of church and cross
Midhbheach;
Midbech
Moville Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks Domnachbile;
Magbile;
Norborgh
Moyra Monastery, Ray site occupied by remains of a 16th-century church
Mukish Monastery ø purported monastic site - probably Ballymacswiney, q.v. Muckish
Racoon Monastery,
nr. Ballintra
early monastic site, Patrician monks
founded c.440
Raithcungi;
Raghcunga
Raphoe Monastery RaphoeCathedral.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
possibly continuing after 1111;
episcopal diocesan cathedral built on site
Raith-both
Rashenny Monastery, in Inishowen purported early monastic site — confusion with Rath-eanich (Raymoghy, q.v.)
Rashenny Monastery, nr Killybegs Harbour purported early monastic site — confusion with Rathen, County Mayo[notes 85]
Rathmullan Priory Rathmullan Priory SW 2009 09 25.jpg Carmelite Friars
possiblyfounded 1403 and subsequently failed, or (refounded?) 1516 by Owen Roe MacSweeney (Mac Suine Fanagh);
plundered by Bingham 1595;
dissolved; granted to Sir James Fullerton; assigned to Sir Ralph Bingley;
rebuilt as a fortified house by Andrew Knox, Bishop of Raphoe, who had obtained the manor from Turlogh Oge Mac Sweeney; convent in existence c.1737
St Mary
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Rath-maonlain;
Rath-mullin;
Bath-Mullian;
Bochminon?
Raymoghy Monastery Gaelic monks
possibly not continuing after 10th century
Rossnowlagh Friary * RossnowlaghFriary.JPG Franciscan friars
founded 1946;
church and friary opened 1952;
extant
Slieve League Monastery early monastic site, hermitage associated with St Aedh mac Bricc and St Assicus;
erenagh until at least 1609
Sliab-liac
Taughboyne Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded before 635/6 by St Fintan Munna
Tech-baithin
Temple Douglas
Templecrone Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until at least 1609
Tempall-croine
Temple Douglas Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 6th century by St Colmcille at church of St Cruithnechan, where he was baptised Tempall-dubglaise
Toghernegomarkie Monastery early monastic site;
erenagh lands until at least 1609
Tochar-negomarkie;
Ballybogan
Tory Island Abbey #? early monastic site, Columban monks
traditionally founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
probably used as a regufe by religious orders during the reign of Elizabeth I;
ruined and plundered by George Bingham 1595 (NM)
Torach;
Toraidhe;
Torre
Tullaghobegley Monastery early monastic site, founded by an O'Begley;
erenaghs until 1609
Tulach-an-bigli
Tullyfern Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until 1609
Tulach-fionn


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County Dublin[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Dublin edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Balally Monastery ~ supposed Early Christian monastic site (Irish: Baile Amhlaoibh, meaning "the town of Olaf") may commemorate a Viking saint
Baldongan Monastery The Church & Castle of Baldongan 1820.jpg supposed monastic site of friary & nunnery within the walls of the 13th-century Baldongan Castle - order and period unknown;
traditionally Knights Templar preceptory
Baldungan
Ballyboghill Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks prior to the arrival of the Anglo-Normans Ballyboughal
Ballymadun Monastery ø supposed monastic site — order and period doubtful;
purported Augustinian Canons Regular cell
Ballymad with Balrothery
Ballyman Monastery ø supposed Knights Templar site Glanmonder;
Glenmunder
Castleknock Priory Benedictine monks
dependent on Little Malvern;
founded c.1185 by Hugh Tyrrell, Lord of Castleknock;
erronously also given as Augustinian[notes 86]
dissolved before 1485
St Brigid
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Caislen-cnoc;
Caislen-Cnucha
Clondalkin Abbey Round Tower - Clondalkin - geograph.org.uk - 108911.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks, traditionally founded by St Cronan (Mo-Chua);
plundered by the Danes, 833;
burned 1071;
granted to the Culdees in perpetuity;
possibly continuing after 1111
Cluain-dolcain;
Dun Awley
Clontarf Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
church founded 550 by St Comgall of Bangor;
site now occupied by the remains of St John the Baptist's C.I. parish church
Cluain-tarbh
Clontarf Preceptory #^ ClontarfCastleHotel.JPG Knights Templar
founded before 1180, granted by Henry II;
dissolved 1308-10;
Knights Hospitaller
refounded 1313 (after 1314);
dissolved after 1400; granted to Prior Rawson of Kilmainham;
Clontarf Castle built on site, now the Clontarf Castle Hotel
St Congal
Cruagh Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by D. Daluan of Croibige in the time of St Patrick
Craibeach;
Creevagh
Dalkey Island Benedictine monks
chapel
St Begnet
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Deilginis-cualan
Dublin — All Saints' Priory Regent House from Parliament Square - geograph.org.uk - 1741395.jpg Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded c.1166, Canons installed by Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster;
dissolved 1539;
granted to Lord Devlin 1565;
College of the Holy Trinity built on site by Queen Elizabeth I
Dublin — Holy Trinity Cathedral and Priory + Christchurch Cathedral - Dublin.jpg traditional early monastic site, founded 7th century?;
church
founded c.1030;
apparently Benedictine monks
before 1085 to 1096;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1152;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded c.1163;
dissolved 1541; continuing as secular cathedral by Queen Mary
Dublin — St George's Monastery purported monastery of St George mentioned 1199,[notes 87] doubtless a reference to St Mary de Hogges, which is located in the parish of St George St George
Dublin — St Mary's Abbey St Mary's Abbey Dublin, ChapterHouse.jpg Savignac monks — from Chester
founded c.1139;
Cistercian monks
orders merged 1147-8;
apparently dependent on Combermere 1147;
apparently dependent on Buildwas 1156-7;
attempt to break with Buildwas failed 1307;
dissolved 28 October 1539, surrendered by the last abbot, William Laundie;
occupied for munitions by John Travers by 1540;
granted to James, Earl of Desmond 20 December 1543; (NM)
St Mary
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Baile-atha-cliath;
Ath-cliath;
Duibhlinne
Dublin — St Mary de Hogges Abbey Augustinian nunsArroaisian
dependent on Clonard;
founded c.1146 by Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster;
independent from before 1195;
dissolved 1536, apparently suppressed early 1536; demolished by William Brabazon, under-treasurer of Ireland, materials used in repair of the King's castle in Dublin; granted to Francis Gosby 26 December 1537;
granted to James Sedgrave c.1542
St Mary de Hogges
Dublin — St Mary les Dames purported nunnery;[notes 88] parish church occupied by a woman recluse 1276-7[notes 89]
Dublin — St Saviour's Priory * Dublin Saint Saviour's Dominican Priory Church W 2012 09 26.jpg Dominican Friars;
church opened 15 January 1861;
extant
Dublin — St Thomas's Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
priory founded March 1177 by King Henry II;
Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
raised to abbey status c.1192;
dissolved 1539; granted to William Brabazon 1545
The Abbey Church of Saint Thomas the Martyr, Dublin
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Thomas Court
Dublin Augustinian Friary of the Holy Trinity Augustinian Friars
founded c. 1259;
Observant
adopted 1517;
dissolved 1540; granted to Robert Casey 6 May 1541
Holy Trinity
Dublin Augustinian Priory (at the (East) Gate of Dublin) purported Augustinian Canons Regular[notes 90]
Dublin Augustinian Priory, St Olave Augustinian Canons Regular
church belonging to Bristol
Dublin Carmelite Friary * Carmelite Friars
founded 1274 by Sir Robert Bagot, Chief Justice;
dissolved 3 August 1539, surrendered by the last prior William Kelly; granted to Nicholas Stanyhurst;
demolished before 18 August 1541;
granted to Francis Aungier by Elizabeth I
modern Carmelite priory built on site, extant
St Mary
Dublin Priory Hospital Fratres Cruciferi and nuns
founded before 15 November 1588 (1185-8) by Ailred the Palmer;
dissolved 1539;
granted to Maurice, Earl of Thomond, 1544
St John Baptist
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Palmer's Hospital
Dublin Dominican Friary Dominican Friars
founded 1224;
destroyed by fire in Dublin 1304;
rebuilt before 1308 by Eustace le Poer;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir Thomas Cusack 1542;
granted to the Earl of Ormond 1578;
The King's Inns established on site c.1582;
St Saviour
Dublin Dominican Friary, later site Dominican Friars
founded c.1622
Dublin Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 13 January 1233 (possibly on an earlier site);
possibly transferred here c.1236;
Observant Franciscan Friars
adopted 1521;
dissolved 1540; granted to Thomas Stephens 1541
Dublin Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
extant
Adam and Eve's
Dublin Knights Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
frankhouse of Kilmainham, founded before 1290;
continued until the suppression
Dublin Sack Friars Friars of the Sack
probably founded 1268;
dissolved after 1309-10
Finglas Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 560 by St Canice; possibly not continuing after 10th century (last recorded abbot died in Rome 1038);
site occupied by remains of a medieval church
Fin-ghlais;
Fionn-ghlais;
Fionn-glass
Firhouse Carmelite Monastery * Carmelite nuns
extant
Glasmore Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by St Cronan (Mochua)
Glaismor;
Moortown
Glasnevin Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded before 545 by St Mobi;
possibly not continuing after 10th century
Glas-naoidhen;
Glais-noiden
Grace Dieu Abbey,
nr. Donabate
Augustinian nunsArroaisian — from Lusk;
(community founded at Lusk after 1144)
transferred here c.1195;
founded after 1195? by John Cumin, Archbishop of Dublin;
dissolved 1539;
Turvey House was built from the remains of the abbey
St Mary
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de Gratia Dei;
Turvey House
Grange Abbey chapel of All Saints' Priory; disused since 17th century; ruined; (NM)
Holmpatrick Priory,
Skerries
Augustinian Canons Regular — from St Patrick's Island
founded 1220;
dissolved 1557; granted to Thomas FitzWilliams 1578;
site now occupied by C.I. church
Holm Patric;
Inis-patraic;
Skerries
Howth 'Abbey' ø Howth (8082719343) (2).jpg non-monastic collegiate church The Collegiate Church of St. Mary Howth
Ireland's Eye Monastery early monastic site;
besieged 897;
plundered 960
Killester Monastery purported remains of a monastery in Killester House[notes 91]
Killiney Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns
Killiney Friary * Franciscan Friars
founded 1945;
extant
Dun Mhuire
Killininny Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns Cell-na-n-ingen;
Kilnaninghean
Kilmacud Carmelite Monastery * Carmelite nuns
founded 1881;
extant
St Joseph
Kilmainham Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Magnenn (Maignenn/Maighnenn) (in the time of St Fursey);
later Knights Hospitaller site (see immediately below)
Cell-maignenn;
Kil-maignend
Kilmainham Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded c.1174 by Richard Fitz Gilbert de Clare, Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke and Striguil, on the site of earlier monastery (see immediately above);
erroneously given as Knights Templar[notes 92];
dissolved 1540;
restored 1557;
dissolved November 1558
Priory of St John the Baptist</noinclude>
Kilnamanagh Monastery early monastic site Cell-na-managh
Kilsallaghan Monastery purported monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown Kilsaghlan
Kinsaley Monastery =? St Doulaghs Church Dublin Geograph Image.jpg early monastic site, founded by St Garban (Gobban) or St Doulagh;
St Doulagh C.I. parish church built on site
Cean-saile;
Cenn-saile;
Kinsealy
Lambay Island Monastery # Lambay Island - Reachrainn - geograph.org.uk - 1350641.jpg early monastic site, founded by St Colmcille Reachrainn;
Rechra;
Lambey
Loreto Abbey ^ Rathfarnham House, Loretto Abbey.jpg Sisters of Loreto
founded 1821 by Frances Ball at Rathfarnham House
Loreto Abbey,
Dalkey
Sisters of Loreto
founded 1843 by Frances Ball;
boarding school for girls opened 17 August 1843;
boarding school closed 1982, continuing as a day school
Lusk Abbey =+ LuskRoundTower.JPG early monastic site, founded before 496/8, possibly c.450, by Cuinnidh mac Cathmugh (St MacCullin), who died 496/8;
burned and plundered by the Danes 827 and 856;
burned and plundered by Munstermen 1053;
burned by men of Meath 1133;
St MacCullin's C.I. parish church built on site, incorporating round tower into tower
Lusca
'The Abbey', Malahide Malahide Abbey 1820.jpg ruins of a chapel Alahid;
Mullachide
Malahide Carmelite Monastery * Carmelite nuns
extant
Star of the Sea Carmelite Monastery
Newcastle Monastery early monastic site, founded by a St Finnian Caislean-nua-liamhain
Portrane Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian — from Grace Dieu
founded 1539;
dissolved after 1577
Rathmichael Monastery,
Carrickgolligan Hill
Round Tower at Old Rathmichael Church.jpg early monastic site, enclosure with slight remains of church and round tower
Red Island Monastery,
Skerries
Roebuck Carmelite Monastery * Carmelite nuns The Immaculate Conception
Saggart Monastery early monastic site Tech-sacra;
Tassagard
St Anne's Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded by Bishop Sanctain (possibly St Sanctain) St Anne
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Killeaspuigsanctain;
St Anne's Chapel
St Catherine's Priory Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
founded 1219 by Warisius dePech;
cell dependent on St Thomas's, Dublin, 1323;
dissolved 1539, surrendered 25 June 1539
St Katherine;
Salmon Leap
St Doolagh's Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Doolagh?
chapel and cell 1200 possibly built for a hermit or small community
St Doolagh
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St Doilough;
Clochar
St Patrick's Island Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick
burned by the Danes 798;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140;
dissolved 1220, transferred to a new site at Holmpatrick
Inis Patraic
Santry Monastery early monastic site, founded by 6th century Sentrebh
Sruthair Monastery early monastic site, possibly in County Dublin Sruther
Swords Monastery = SwordsRoundTower.JPG early monastic site, founded c.560 by St Columbkill[notes 93] Sord-coluim-cille;
Suird
Swords Priory nuns
1474 mention of a prioress here probably refer to Grace Dieu[notes 94]
Tallaght Monastery #+ early monastic site, founded 769 by Saint Maelruan;
burned and plundered 811 by the Danes;
rebuilt;
possibly not continuing after 1125;
site now occupied by St Maelruain's C.I. parish church
Tamlacht-maelruain;
Taulaght
Tallaght Priory * Dominican Friars;
extant
St Mary
Taney Monastery early monastic site
Tullow/Tully Monastery? Tully Church.jpg early monastic site, founded by St Brigid (possibly Brigid, daughter of Leinin);
ruined 13th-century church may occupy site of an Early Christian monastic site
Telach--na-n-epscop;
Tulach-na-n-epscop
Irish: tulach na n-Epscop, meaning "the hill of the bishops"

The following location in County Dublin lacks monastic connection:


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County Galway[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Galway edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeygormacan Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1170?;
dissolved 1543; granted to Ulick Bourke (William Ulick de Burgo Mac William), first Earl of Clanrickard (Clanricarde) 1543/1544, who probably did not evict the canons, who possibly remained until the reign of Elizabeth I
The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gormacan
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Gormacan Abbey;
Abbey Gormogan Abbey;
Monaster O Gormogan;
de Via Nova;
Nova Via
Addergoole Abbey
(Addergoole parish, near Ardcloon)
order, period and foundation unknown
"Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 95]
Ahascragh Abbey early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Cuan;
C.I. church on site
Ahaskeragh;
Ath-ascrath;
Ath-ascrach;
Ath-escrach-Cuain
Annaghdown Abbey of St. John the Baptist Annaghdown Abbey of St. John the Baptist de Cella Parva Nave and Residential Quarters 2010 09 12.jpg Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Tuam;
founded before 1224;
raised to abbey status c.1236;
dissolved after 1542?;
apparently the abbey was the most northerly of the ruins (known as 'the Nunnery') at Annaghdown;
dissolved 1562; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde 1572;
granted to the warden and vicars of King's College, Galway 8 July 1578
St John the Baptist de Cella Parva
Annaghdown Abbey of St Mary Annaghdown Abbey of St. Mary de Portu Patrum West Range 2010 09 12.jpg Augustinian Canons and Canonesses RegularArroasian
founded after c.1140, possibly by Turlough O'Conor at the instance of St Malachy;
identification sometimes confused with the Premonstratensian foundation to the north;
dissolved before 1578, granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde 1562
The Abbey of Saint Mary de Portu Patrum, Annaghdown
Annaghdown Cathedral & Nunnery Annaghdown Nunnery Church 2010 09 12.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic nuns
founded 6th (before 578) century by St Brendan for his sister Briga, site traditionally granted by the King of Connacht;
Augustinian nunsArroaisian
adopted after 1144;
priory, dependent on Clonard;
integrated into the Abbey of St Mary de Portu Patrum c.1144;
episcopal diocesan cathedral before 1189 (and after 1152);
church of St Mary Evachdun, cum villa Kelgel confirmed to the Arroaisians of Clonard 1195;
dependent on Kilcreevannty from before 1223, church of St Mary Eanchduyn confirmed to the Arroasians of Kilcreevanty c.1123 and 1400;
diocese united with Tuam 1327;
canons and canonesses possibly shared the same church;
dissolved after 1223-4, nuns possibly transferred to Inishmaine
Monastery of Lough Corrib;
Annadown;
Eanach-duine;
Enaghcoin;
Evachdun;
Lough Corrib;
Lough Orbsen
Annaghdown Friary erroneously listed as Franciscan Friars[notes 96]
Ardnabara Abbey
in Killimordaly parish
possible monastic site — order, foundation and period unknown, "Ardnabara Abbey, in ruins"[notes 97]
Ardrahan Monastery early monastic site;
stump of round tower[notes 98]
Ard-rathain
Athenry Priory Athenry Priory East Window 2009 09 13.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1241;
dissolved 1574; granted to the town;
reoccupied 1595;
Regular Observant
date unknown;
dissolved c.1597, burned with the town during hostilities;
friars granted a new site at Coilascail, infra;
became a university 1644;
site recovered by friars 1685, retained until the general exile 1698;
used as a barracks 18th century; (NM)
The Priory Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
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Ath-na-riogh;
Ath-na-rig;
Anry
Athenry Friary erroneous reference to Franciscan Friars — mistaken identification of Adare Friary[notes 99]
Aughrim Priory early monastic site, founded before 741;
Augustinian Canons Regular - (?)Arroasian
founded before 1170? or 1220, doubtfully purportedy by a Butler (Theobald Walter, first Butler of Ireland[notes 100]), more likely by an O'Kelly, with a Butler as a later benefactor;
burned 1307;
dissolved c.1562?; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricard;
Augustinian Friars
St Catherine
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Eachdruim;
Acharym-Omane;
Aghrim;
Achdrum;
Echraim
Enachdruim-Omane
Ballynahinch Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1356 by O'Flaherty;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I;
convent listed as re-established c.1737[notes 101]
Baile-na-hinse;
Ballinhinceh;
Dalcaccense?
Ballynakill 'Abbey' "Abbey",[notes 102] "Ellomaine Graveyard"[notes 103] Ellomaine
Beagh Friary (Barony of Clare) Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved before 1585; granted to John Newton
Beagh Friary (Barony of Kiltartan) Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular — erroneous reference to the friary in the Barony of Clare (see immediately above)
Boilean Clair Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual — actually Claregalway — erronesously identified as a separate foundation[notes 104]
Boley Friary Dominican Friars — from Portumna
apparently founded early 18th century
Boula;
Buaile
Caheradreen Monastery early monastic site
Caltra Friary Caltra Our Lady of Lourdes Church Water Font of the Carmelite Friary from 1646 2010 09 15.jpg Carmelite Friars
founded not later than 1336 (c.1320) by the Berminghams, barons of Athenry;
dissolved 1589; granted to John Rawson 1589;
restored 1735 (c.1737);
closed c.1775
Kaltragh-ne-Pallice
Caltragh Pallas;
Caltranapallice;
Caltra-ne-Pallas;
Callarense;
Kaltragh-;
Keal-;
Pallice;
Paileeshe
Claregalway Friary ClaregalwayFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before c.1252 by John de Colgan I;[notes 105]
dissolved 1542; granted to Richard de Burgo 1570;
friars remained
Observant Franciscan Friars
adopted 1567?;
dissolved c.1589, friars expelled by Sir Richard Bingham, who converted the buildings into barracks;
friars permitted use of part of the monastery until expelled again;
friars attempted to restore monastery after 1641;
chapel in use until 18th century; (NM)
Claregalway Abbey;
Clair;
Baile-an-chlair;
Boilean-Clair;
Clar-dun-dunul
Cloghmore Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Cloch-mor, in Killannin parish
Clonfert Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded after 1140, possibly by Turlogh O'Conor, at the instance of St Malachy;
dissolved 1571
St Mary's de Porto Puro
Clonfert Monastery ClonfertCathedral.JPG Gaelic monks
founded before 577 or 583 by St Brendan the Navigator;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111
Cluain-ferta-brenaind;
Cluain-ferden
Clonfert, Monygayun Abbey Augustinian nunsArroasian
founded after 1144;
dependent on Kilcreevanty from before 1223;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I
St Mary
Clonkeenkerrill Friary Clonkeenkerrill Friary South Transept 2009 09 16.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded c.1435 by Thomas O'Kelly, Bishop of Clonfert, converting the church into a friary at the instance of David and John Mullkerrill;
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
refounded 1453, papal permission obtained by David Mullkerrill
Cloonkeenkerrill;
'St. Kerrill's Abbey'
Clonkeenkerrill Monastery early monastic site Cluain-cain-cairill;
Cluain-caoin-cairiolla;
Cluacaen-Caeryll
Clontuskert Priory ClontuskertPriory.JPG early monastic site, founded c.805 (before 809), by St Boedan;
Augustinian Canons Regular - Arroasian
founded after 1140, probably by the O'Kelly family;
dissolved 1562
Augustinian Friars
possibly restored 1637; (NM)
The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Clontuskert
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Clontuskert Abbey;
The Old Abbey;
Cluain-tuaiskirt-ua-maine;
Clontuskert-Omanny
Cloonfush Monastery early monastic site, founded early 6th century by St Jarlath Cluain-fois
Cloonyvornoge Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved 1585-6?; granted to John Newton 1597
Clonnavarnoge;
Cowlevernoge
Cowleneringe
Coilascail Priory Dominican Friars
founded on a site granted by Ulrick Burke, Earl of Clanricarde
Creevaghbaun Friary Creevaghbaun Friary SE 2010 09 15.jpg Carmelite Friars
founded 1332 by a member of the de Burgos family;
dissolved 1574; granted to Thomas Lewis 1574;
restored c.1737
Crevaghbane
Crevebane;
Craghbane;
Brenaghbane;
Kribaghbane
Currabeg Monastery monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown
Donaghpatrick Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick Domnach-patraic;
Magna Saeoli
Drumacoo Monastery early monastic site Druim-muccado;
Droma-Mucada
Dunmore Monastery misidentification of Donaghpatrick[notes 106]
Dunmore Priory DunmorePriory.jpg early monastic site
Augustinian Friars
founded c.1423 (before 1425) by Walter Mor de Bermingham, 9th Baron Athenry;
dissolved 1569, friars remained in occupancy;
held by John Burke fitz Thomas 1574;
friars left in 1645, taking refuge at Mayfield
Donmore Mac Oryshe;
Downemore;
Dominensis?
Eglish Friary Eglish Friary 2010 09 15.jpg Carmelite friars
founded 1393–1398;
possibly abandoned during the reign of Elizabeth;
possibly Franciscan Friars
dissolved 1579
Monteceancohe;
Sleushancough;
Slewshancogh
Esker Friary Dominican FriarsRegular Observance
founded after 1622, site granted by Ulrick Burke, Earl of Clanricarde, at the request of the Provincial, Fr Ross Mageoghegan and other friars;
friars left 1860s
Brosk;
Coilascail
Esker Monastery Redemptorists
Fallig Friary ≈~ Franciscan Friars - probable confusion for Killeigh (Fallig), County Offaly[notes 107] Faghy;
Fahy
Galway Augustinian Friary Augustinian Friars
founded 1500 by Margaret Athy, at the request of Richard Nagle;
dissolved before 1578; leased to the town 1578;
demolished 1652 in order to use the strategic position of the site
Galway Augustinian Friary *, later site Augustinian Friars;
church opened 4 September 1859;
extant
Galway Carmelite Priory Carmelite Friars
founded c.1332? possibly by a member of the de Burgo family;
dissolved after 1648
Galway Dominican Nunnery, first site Dominican nuns
founded 1644 in Augustine Street;
exiled by the Cromwellians 1652;
returned in 1686 to a house in Kirwan's Lane (see below)
Galway Dominican Nunnery, second site Dominican nuns
founded 1686 in Kirwan's Lane;
expelled on a number of occasions 1691
convent, known as The Slate House, in use as barracks for British soldiers;
fell into disrepair;
destroyed by fire 1842
Galway Dominican Nunnery *, current site Dominican nuns
founded March 1845 on Taylors Hill, country house known as 'Mount Eaton' or 'Seaview', previously owned by the Sloper family;
extant
Galway Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars
built 1660;
re-built 1781; extant
Galway Franciscan Nunnery Franciscan nuns, (?)Third Order
founded 1511, church of St Nicholas purportedly granted by Walter Lynch to his daughter;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I
St Nicholas;
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The house of the poor nuns of St Francis
Galway Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1296 by William de Burgo;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1460, and again before 1520;
Conventuals and Observants apparently continued together, the latter in the minority;
Conventuals attempted to evict Observants 1533 but were overruled;
dissolved 1550;
reoccupied during the reign of Queen Mary;
leased to the mayor and townsmen c.1569, renewed 1578;
community apparently extant until 1583 when the friars left and church burnt;
returned 1612 and rebuilt the church;
destroyed 1657;
converted into a court house;
current court house on site
Galway Priory possibly formerly a hospital administered by the Premonstratensians
Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Tuam;
founded 1235, church purportedly granted to Tuam by the O'Halleran family;
dissolved before 1451: relegated to chapel;
left empty for a significant period by 1480;
Dominican Friars
founded 1488, granted license by Innocent III;
dissolved 1570; granted to the town corporation;
possibly a vicariate of Athenry, raised to priory status 1612;
dissolved 1651
Blessed Virgin Mary extra Muros;
St Mary on the Hill
Gortnabishaun Monastery,
Kilconla parish
early monastic site
Gorumna Island,
Killanin parish
early monastic site, "abbey"[notes 108] Gailimh;
Galvia;
Ngaillim;
Bun-Gaillmhs;
Bongal
Grange Cistercian monks
grange of Boyle
Grainsearchmhaonmhai;
Grange of Mowyny
High Island Monastery early monastic site, founded before 665 by St Fechin Ardoilen;
Cellgradhaandomhain
Illaunmore Monastery Historical county location. See County Clare
Inchiquin Monastery early monastic site, founded before 626 by St Brendan the Navigator Inis-mac-ui-chuind;
Insi-ui-chuinn;
Inisquin
Inishark Monastery early monastic site Inisairc
Inishbofin Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 7th century by St Coleman
supposed Benedictine monks — evidence lacking;
suggested Augustinian Canons Regular during the reign of Henry VIII — evidence lacking
Inis-bofine;
Bophin Island
Inisheer Monastery
Aran Islands
early monastic site Ada-airthir;
Ara-coemhain;
Airdne-coimhain;
Ardcoenmain?
Inishlackan Friary purported Franciscan Friars[notes 109]
Inishmaan Monastery
Aran Islands
early monastic site, two churches under the parish of St Enda, Inishmore Inismedhon;
Middle Island
Inishmicatreer Monastery early monastic site;
"Abbey in ruins"[notes 110]
'Inishmicatreer Abbey' ;
Inish-mictreer
Inishmore Monastery
Aran Islands
early monastic site, purportedly granted to St Enda, aided by St Ailbe of Emly, by Oengus, King of Munster
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 111] or First Order[notes 112]
founded after 1484, founder unknown;[notes 113] First Order possibly transferred to the Third Order after 1560;
dissolved ? (during the reign of Elizabeth I?), abandoned during the religious persecution
Ara-na-naemh;
Ara-Enda;
Killenda;
Na Seacht dTeampaill;
(The Seven Churches)
Inishnee Monastery early monastic site, founded before 768 Inis-eidnigh?
Kilbennan Monastery Kilbennan Church and Round Tower 2010 09 16.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded by St Benignus (Benen), a disciple of St Patrick
Cell-beneoin;
Dun Lughaid
Kilboght Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1507 by Hugo de Wall;
dissolved after 1564; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde
Kil-bought;
kil-bout
Kilcolgan Monastery,
Kilmacduagh diocese
early monastic site, founded before c.580;
erenagh until at least 1132;
burned during war 1258
Kilcolgan Monastery,
Clonfert diocese?
early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille for Colgan (possibly same as immediately above) Cell-colgain
Kilcommedan Monastery early monastic site Cell-comadan
Kilconla Monastery early monastic site, founded reputedly by St Conlat Cell-connla;
Kilconly
Kilconnell Friary Kilconnell Friary South Range 2 2009 09 16.jpg Franciscan Friars
founded 1414 (1353 or c.1353) by William O'Kelly, Lord of Ui Maine; dissolved 1541;
on the site of an earlier monastery (see immediately below); (NM)
Cell-chonaill;
Kilconail
Kilconnell Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Conall</noinclude>
Kilcoona Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Colmcille, site granted by Tibrades, son of Prince Maelduin, built by St Cuanna (Cuannach) Cellcuannathe;
Kilcoonagh
Kilcorban Friary Dominican Friars
dependent on Athenry;
founded 1446;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I(?);
site now occupied by St Corban's Church
Kilcarbain
Kilcreevanty Abbey Kilcreevanty Abbey North Wall 2010 09 16.jpg Benedictine nuns
founded c.1200, chapel granted by Thomas de Burgo;
Augustinian nunsArroasian
refounded 1223;
dissolved 1543
The Holy Rosary;
The Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary
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Cell-craobhnat;
Kil-creunata;
Kil-crevet;
Casta Silva;
Chaste Wood
Kilcummin Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by St Coeman Kill-choemain;
Cell-coemain
Kilkilvery Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until at least 11th century;
later passed to the Fratres Cruciferi of Castledermot
Cell-cillbile
Killamanagh Priory early monastic site;
Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Annaghdown;
founded 1260 by an abbot of St John de Cella Parva, Annaghdown;
dissolved c.1542?, probably suppressed
St Mary de Cella Parva
Cellnamanagh;
Kilnamanoch;
Killinimanach;
Cella Parva St Mary
Cell-coemain
Killeely Monastery early monastic site
Killeenmunterlane Monastery early monastic site
Killower Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs 11th century
Killawyr
Killursa Monastery KillursaChurch.JPG early monastic site, founded by St Fursa (Fursey);
eranaghs at least to 11th century;
church passed to the Fratres Cruciferi of Castledermot
Cell-fursa;
Rathmat;
Rathmath;
Rathmuighe
Kilmacduagh Monastery KilmacduaghCathedral&Monastery.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th-7th century by St Colman son of Duagh on land granted by Guaire, King
ruined by William Fitz Adelm de Burgo early 13th century;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 11th century;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1225-50;
dissolved 1584; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde
St Mary de Petra
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Cell-mic-duaich;
Duaca;
Kil-macough
Kilmeen Monastery early monastic site Cell-mian
Kilmurry Friary Franciscan Friars
given as Dominican Friars[notes 114]
Cell-mhuire;
Kilmurray
Kilreekill Monastery early monastic site, nuns
reputedly founded by St Patrick for his sister Richella
Cell-richill
Kiltiernan Monastery early monastic site Cell-tighernain
Kiltullagh Monastery early monastic site;
possibly not continuing after 10th century
Cell-tulach-mhaonmhai
Kinalehin Friary,
nr Abbey
Kinalehin Friary South Range 2009 09 17.jpg Carthusian monks — possibly from Hinton
founded c.1252 by John de Cogan I;
purportedly destroyed 1279 and if so, rebuilt soon after;
sold to the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem 1306 - the Knights appear to have held appurtenances, though the sale appears never to have completed;
dissolved by General Chapter the Grande Chartreuse 1321;
abandoned by the monks c.1341;
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
refounded c.1371 by the de Burgos, granted by the Pope;
destroyed after the general suppression; purchased from Elizabeth I by Richard de Burgo (Rufus), Earl of Clanricarde, who retained it for the friars
dissolved before 1609;
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1611;
dissolved after 1642;
friars probably expelled under the Cromwellians;
returned during the reign of Charles II
Abbey;
Kilnalahan;
Kinaleghin;
Kenaloyn;
Cenel-Feichin;
Cineoil-Feichin;
Kilnalekin;
Kinelfeichin
Kinvarra Monastery early monastic site, patron St Coman Ceamm-mhara;
Cenn-mara
Knockmoy Abbey Knockmoy Abbey 957024.jpg Cistercian monks — from Boyle
founded 1190 by Cathal Crobderg O'Conor, King of Connacht;
dissolved 1542, surrendered by Abbot Hugh O'Kelly 24 May 1542, though a secularised form of monasticism apparently continued; let to Andrew Brereton for 21 years, 1566;
part granted to Nicholas FitzSymons 1568;
QE
Abbeyknockmoy Abbey;
Collis Victoriae;
Cnoc-muaidhe;
Knockmuighe;
Mainister-cnoc-muaide
Kylemore Abbey Kylemoreabbey.jpg Benedictine monks
mansion now serves as convent boarding school
Lissonuffy Cell Historical county location. See County Roscommon
Loughrea Priory Loughrea Priory SW 2009 09 17.jpg Carmelite Friars
founded c.1300 by Richard de Burgo, Earl of Ulster;
dissolved before 1541; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde 1652;
friars permitted to remain;
Teresian (Discalced) Carmelites
occupied intermittently from 1640
St Mary
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Loch-riach;
Laughreagh;
Lough-Reogh;
Balliloc riagh
Loughrea Abbey * Discalced Carmelite Friars
founded 19th century;
extant
Maghee Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly County Galway, location unidentified Mag-Cé;
Magele;
Magelle;
Magtriudi
Mayfield Augustinian Friars refuge from Dunmore 1645
Meelick Friary + Meelick Friary West 2009 09 17.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1414, mandate to license a Franciscan foundation issued to the Bishop of Clonfert by the Pope;
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1479;
dissolved 1559, suppressed and ruined;
restored 1595;
dissolved after 1595; granted to the Earl of Clanricarde;
church and buildings largely destroyed by c.1616;
Observant Franciscan Friars 1680, intermittently until 1852;
now R.C. church
Mil-eagh;
Miliuc;
Milick;
Mykescin
Monasternalea Monastery early monastic site
erroneously purportedly Franciscan Friars,[notes 115] — reliable evidence lacking
Abbey Grey Monastery;
Abbeygrey Monastery;
Mainistir na Liath;
Kilmore-ne-togher?
Moor Abbey,
parish of Athenry
Cistiercian monks?
possibly chapel of Moor Aughrim at a grange of Knockmoy
Omey Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore with the aid of King Guare;
ruins excavated and re-sited by archaeologists in 1990s
Iomaidh;
Immagh;
Temple-feheen
Portumna Friary PortumnaFriary.jpg Dominican monks
founded before 1414 by Murchad? O'Madden, Lord, on the site of the Cistercian monks' priory (see immediately below);
dissolved c.1582; granted to the Earls of Clanricarde 1582;
part used as C.I. church 1631;
choir became C.I. church 1762;
Observant
refounded before 1426
The Friary Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Portumna
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Portumna Abbey
Portumna Priory Cistercian monks
chapel, dependent on Dunbrody;
founded 1254;
became disused;
Dominican friary founded on site (see immediately above)
The Priory Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Portumna
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Portumna Abbey;
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Rafwee Monastery early monastic site, coarb 11th century Raithbuidhe
Rathmagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Brendan of Clonfert Raithmaige
Roscam Monastery early monastic site, founded before 779;
destroyed by the Danes 807
Ros-chaim;
Ros-camm
Ross Errilly Friary Refriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1351 (1431) by Raymond de Burgo;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1470 (1498) by the Grannard family (William, Lord Grannard?);
dissolved 1562; granted to the Earl of Clanricarde by Elizabeth I 1562;
friars afforded protection by Clanricarde
friars left before 1580;
re-established by Clanricarde 1580;
expelled by Protestants and English soldiers 1580;
occupied by English soldiers 1596;
friars reinstated before 1601;
abandoned by friars to escape imprisonment;
reinstated 1611 by Clanricarde;
expelled 1612;
returned 1626 and 1641;
abandoned 1656;
reoccupied and repaired 1664;
abandoned after 1688;
returned 1712;
possibly expelled 1731;
returned 1753, restored by Lord St George;
dissolved 1832;
ruinous by 1835; (NM)
Ross;
Ross-erelly;
Ross-eriall;
Ros-traily;
Ros-oirbealaigh;
Ruisairbhealaigh;
Iriala
Rosshill Monastery early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Brendan of Clonfert;
"'Abbey' site"[notes 116]
Teampull Brandon
Roundstone Monastery Historical photo;
Historical photo
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1835;
site redeveloped
St Macdara's Island Monastery early emeritical monastic site, founded by St (Sionnach) Mac Dara Cruach Macdara;
Cruanacara
Templemoyle-Kiltullagh Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved 1595; granted to Edmond Barrett
Tombmoyle
Tisaxon Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1442, mandate issued to the Bishop of Ballysadare by the Pope;
dissolved 1574; granted to Thomas Lewes 5 April 1574
Teagh-saxon;
Theascaston;
Trachsasson cf. Templegal
Toghergar Friary purported Franciscan Friars — reliable evidence lacking
Toombeola Abbey Dominican Friars
dependent on Athenry;
apparently founded after January 1427 by Chieftain O'Flaherty, when papal license obtained to build a monastery;
dubiously suggested Augustinian Friars - Dominicans possibly gave shelter to friars of other orders in penal periods
dissolved after 1558; seized by the Protestants
reoccupied 18th century
St Patrick
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Tuaim-beola;
Tom-beola;
Tum-beola
Tuam Monastery + TuamRCCathedral-2.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Jarlath (Iarlath);
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111; extant
Tuam Augustinian Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
priory or hospital founded c.1140 by Turlogh O'Connor;
raised to abbey status c.1360?;
dissolved c.1562, c.1572; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde;
Augustinian Friars
refounded
St John the Evangelist
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St John in the suburbs
Tuam Friary Fratres Cruciferi
founded 1140 by an O'Connor
Tuam Nunnery purported nuns or Premonstratensian Canonesses — evidence lacking;
a tenement owned by the Arroasian nuns of Kilcrevanty existed in Tuam (Tuaym) 1223-4
Tuam Premonstratensian Abbey Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Cockersand?;
founded 1203-4?;
revived from Prémontre? 1217-8?;
burned with the town and other churches 1244;
dissolved c.1574
The Holy Trinity
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Tuaim-da-ghuallann;
Tuaim-da-gualand;
Tuaim-da-valuin
Tuam Abbey of the Scrin order, foundation and period unknown — listed 1574; the church of the Shrine apparently adjacent to the cathedral — possible reference to the vicars' college or Fratres Cruciferi



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County Kerry[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Kerry edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeydorney Abbey AbbeydorneyAbbey.jpg Cistercian monks — from Monasteranenagh
daughter of Monasteranenagh;
founded 1154 founder unknown - erroneously given as a Fitzmaurice;
daughter of Mellifont;
daughter of Monasteranenagh
restored;
dissolved 1537 (though last abbot active until 1577)
site now in use as a graveyard
Odorney;
Kyrie Eleison;
Monaster-O-d'Torna
Aghadoe Monastery Aghadoe cathedral April 2010.JPG  ?Augustinian Canons Regular
purportedly founded 7th century by St Finan Lobhar;
extant 992;
non-monastic church of the Holy Trinity and St Mary built on site 1158;
damaged by gales 1282;
erenaghs up to 1450 (NM)
Achad-da-eo;
Aithedea
Alltraige-caille Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 6th century
Ardfert Friary ArdfertFriaryjpg.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1253 by Thomas Fitzmaurice Fitzraymond, Lord of Kerry, purportedly buried here;
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1517;
dissolved 1584, friars expelled, some remained in the area;(NM)
Ard-ferta-brenainn;
Hertfert;
Hyferte;
Ifert
Ardfert Dominican Friary Domincan Friars — erroneous reference to the Franciscan Friary (see immediately above)
Ardfert Cathedral Monastery ArdfertCathedral.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Brendan of Clonfert;
episcopal diocesan cathedral
founded after 1111, translated from Ratass
Ballinskelligs Priory BallinskelligsPriory.jpg early monastic site founded 11th century?;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded c.1210?;
dissolved after 1555; granted to John Blake 1585; (NM)
Ballin-skelligs;
St Michael de Rupe;
St Michael's Mount
Bentee Mount Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Brandon Mountain Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites, purportedly founded by St Brendan of Clonfert;
possibly continuing after 1111
Caherbarbagh Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Carrig Island Monastery, ø
Arghavallen parish
possible early monastic site, "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 117]
Church Island Monastery, Valencia Harbour,
Lough Kay
Cherich-inis?;
Lough Kay
Church Island Monastery, Lough Currane ChurchIslandMonasticSite LoughCurrane StFinianChapel.jpgChurchIslandMonasticSite LoughCurrane StFinianCell.jpg early monastic site, Anchorites;
founded by Finan Cam
Lough Curane
Derrynane Abbey DerrynaneAbbey.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 7th century by the monks of St Bairre or by St Finan Cam
Achad-mor;
Abbey Island;
Darrynane;
Ahamore;
Aghamore
Dingle Cell Augustinian Canons Regular
cell, dependent on Killagha — probably not conventual, possibly a vicarage;
founded after 1216;
dissolved before 1428
Daingean-ui-chuis;
Dingle-i-cuche
Dingle Friary Dominican Friars
possible vicarage and land owned by the Black Friars
Feaghman West Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Gallarus Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites Gall-ros
Illaunloughan Monastery early monastic site, remains of round tower
Illauntannig Island Monastery,
Maghree Islands
early monastic site, Gaelic monks;
founded 6th century by St Seanach
Innisfallen Abbey, Innisfallen Island Innisfallen Abbey, Lough Leanej.jpg early monastic site, founded 7th century by Faithlann, son of Aedh damhan, King of Iar-muman (or Finan Lobhair, or Finan Camm;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1197?;
dissolved 1589? — probably abandoned by 1589; granted to Robert Collam;
granted to Valentine Brown;
Augustinian Friars
(NM)
St Mary
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Inis-faithlen;
Inys-fachlyn
Inishtooskert Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites St Brendan
Inishvickillane Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites St Brendan
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Inis-mic-cilleain
Keeldarragh Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Kerry Preceptory, ~ Tralee? Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1212;
dissolution unknown
Kilcolman Abbey,
Milltown
early monastic site Killagh;
Killaha
Kildreelig Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Kildreenagh Monastery
in Loher
early monastic site, Anchorites
Kildrenagh Monastery
in Valencia
early monastic site, Anchorites
Killabuonia Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
founded 6th century by Buonia (Beoanigh)
Killagha Abbey,
Milltown
KillaghPriory.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by Abban (Alban);
probably dissolved for some time prior to the Augustinian foundation;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1216 by Geoffrey de Marusci (during the reign of King John);
dissolved 1576; granted to Thomas Clinton and subsequently to Thomas Spring
St Mary de Bello Loco
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Cell-achaid-conchinn;
Kill-agha;
Kill-egue;
Kilcolman;
Killahensis in Munster (under Augustinian Friars)
Killarney Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars
transferred from Gorey 1860;
church opened 1867;
friary opened 1879;
became the Novitiate House of the Irish Province for a time;
extant
Killiney Monastery possible early monastic site;
St Saviour's C.I. parish church built on site
Killobarnaun Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites Killavarnaun
Killoe Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Killogrone Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Kilmalkedar Monastery KilmalkedarChurch.JPG early monastic site, probably continuing after 1111 Cell-maeilchetair
Kilrellig Monastery,
Bolus Head
Kilpeacon Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites Kilpeacan
Lislaughtin Abbey LislaughtinAbbey.jpg Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1470-7 by John O'Connor, Lord of Iraghticonnor, who had requested permission from the Pope in 1477;
dissolved 1580, destroyed by the Protestants;
rebuilt 1629;
granted to James Scrolls;
granted to Sir Edward Denny (NM)
Leasa-lauchtin;
Lislachtin;
Hilleanbegha
Lisselton Friary erroneous reference to Franciscan Friars — mistaken identification of Lislaughtin
Muckross Abbey MuckrossAbbey.jpg Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1440-8 by Donal, son of Thady MacCarthy, possibly on the site of an earlier monastery;
restored by Donal, son of Thady MacCarthy 1468;
dissolved 1586-9, purportedly leased out 1587;
granted to Robert Collan 1595;
reoccupied 1612;
old buildings restored after 1617
The Holy Trinity
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Carraig-na-chiuil;
Irrelagh;
Irialach;
Monaster-Airbhealaigh;
Oirbhealach
Oriel Monastery early monastic site Monaster-ni-Oriel;
Abbey Oriel
Rathmore Cistercian monks
founded 1861;
temporary refuge for monks evicted from Melleray, France
Ratass Cathedral Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century;
probably continuing after 1111;
episcopal diocesan cathedral
founded 1111, church elevated to cathedral status by the Synod of Rathbreasail;
translated to Ardfert before 1117
Raith-maige-deiscirt;
Rathass
Rattoo Monastery,
nr Ballyduff
RattooRoundTower.jpg early monastic site - founded 6th century by Bishop Lugaid/Lugach Rath-muighe-tuaiscirt - "fort/rath of the northern plain".
Rattoo Abbey,
nr Ballyduff
RattooAbbey.jpg possibly Fratres Cruciferi or Knights Hospitaller
hospital founded c.1200 by Brother William;
?Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded before 1207;
dissolved 1542, officially suppressed, convent possibly continued until c.1581;
fortified by the Irish, who destroyed it to prevent it falling to the forces of Sir Charles Willmott; (NM)
The Hospital of Saint John the Baptist
The Priory Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
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Ballyduff Abbey
Riasc Monastery RiascMonasticSite.jpg early monastic site, Anchorites
founded 6th century;
probably continuing after 1111
Reask
St Manchan's Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
founded by St Manchan
Teampall Geal
Scarriff Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites Sgairbh
Skellig Michael Monastery,
Great Skellig Island
SkelligMichael BeehiveCells.JPG early monastic site, purportedly founded by a St Finan;
plundered by the Danes 824;
rebuilt 860;
most of the community transferred to Ballinaskellig probably before mid-11th century, hermits probably remaining into the medieval period
Great Skellig;
Raith-maigi-tuaiscirt;
Rath-maigi-tuaiscirt;
Rath-maigi-tuaidh;
Rath-maigi-tuoindhi;
Rath-maigi-tuoinoyd;
Rath-maigi-toy;
Rath-maigi-ytue;
Doraythoyg;
Rahtuahc;
Raythnayt
Temple Cashel Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns
Termons Monastery early monastic site
Tralee Holy Cross Priory TraleePriory.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1243 by Lord John FitzThomas FitzGerald (John of Callan), buried here;
dissolved 1580
The Dominican Church of Holy Cross Abbey;
The Priory of the Holy Cross, Tralee

The following locaction in County Kerry lacks monastic connection:

  • Ardfert Abbey: Georgian mansion, home of the Crosbie family, destroyed by IRA bomb 1922


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County Kildare[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Kildare edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Athy Priory * Dominican Friars
founded 1253-7;
dissolved 30 April 1539; rented to Martin Pelles 26 April 1540;
refounded c.1622 by Fr Ross Mageoghegan;
chapel enlarged 1864-7;
dissolved mid-19th century;
new church built and opened 17 March 1965; extant;
old church demolished 1973
St Peter, Martyr
St Dominic
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Bailr-atha-ai;
Athai;
Athies

</noinclude>

Athy Priory Hospital Fratres Cruciferi
founded after 1199 (1253?) by Richard de St Michael, Lord of Rhebane (during the reign of King John);
dissolved 1540
The Priory of Saint John;
The Priory of Saint John and Saint Thomas of Cruciferi
St Thomas the Martyr (from 13th century)
Castledermot Friary CastledermotFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars
founded before 1247;
dissolved 1540
Disert-diarmuta;
Tristle-dermot;
Desert
Castledermot Monastery CastledermotMonastery.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 842 by the son of Aed Roin, King of Corcu Bascind;
plundered by the Danes 842;
burned 1106;
probably continuing after 1111
Castledermot Priory Knights Templar? (according to tradition)
Fratres Cruciferi
(re)founded before 1216 by Lord Walter de Ridlesford (during the reign of King John);
dissolved 1540
Priory and Hospital of Saint John the Baptist
Celbridge Abbey * built 1697 by Bartholomew Van Homrigh, Lord Mayor of Dublin;
St John of God Hospitallers
operated as a care home
Clane Friary IMG Clane1272w.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1258 by Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, Lord of Offaly, purportedly buried here 1287;
dissolved 1540; granted to a number of people 1541-2 for the use of Sir Thomas Luttrell;
friars remained until monastery destroyed c.1606;
restored 1647;
dissolved c.1650
Cloenath;
Claenath;
Claenad;
Claona;
Cleonad;
Cloney;
Cluain
Clane Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded c.800 by St Ailbe;
probably continuing after 1111
Clonagh Monastery ø possible monastic site — order and period unknown
land obtained by priests 1396 without the King's consent, and concealed from the King
Cloncurry Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1347 by John Roch (Roche), license granted by Edward III;
dissolved 1539, church seized 30 April 1539; granted to William Dickson 1543; passed to Richard Slayne;
passed to the Foster family;
William Foster had purportedly been seized of the monastery by the time of his death 1602;
convent restored by c.1737
Cluain-conaire;
Concurry
Cloncurry Monastery early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Ninian (Mo-nenn)
Donaghmore Monastery Patrician monks/Columban monks
founded 6th century
Domnach-mor-maige-laudat
Dunmanoge Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
church founded by Finnian of Clonard, land granted by Carbreus, King of Leinster;
probably not continuing after 10th century
Mugna-moschenog;
Mugna-helchan;
Mugna-selchain?
Dunmurraghill Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
church founded by St Patrick;
probably not continuing after 10th century
Druim-urchaille;
Droma-urchaille
Graney Abbey Augustinian nunsArroasian
priory founded c.1200 by Walter de Riddlesford;
raised to abbey status before 1276;
dissolved 7 February 1539; granted to Leonard, Lord Grey;
granted to Anthony St Leger 1542
St Mary
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Graine;
Grane;
Greyn
Grangerosnolvan Monastery nuns according to tradition;
Cistercian monks
grange of Baltinglass
Grange Nolven
Great Connell Priory Greatconnell Priory East Window 2013 09 05.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Llanthony;
founded 1202 by Meyler fitz Henry, Justiciar, buried here;
dissolved 1540, before 24 November; granted to Edward Randolfe;
granted to Sir Edward Butler;
granted to Sir Nicholas White 1560;
granted to Edmond Butler 1566
St Mary and St David
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Greatconnell;
Monaster-Conghbala;
Conal;
Connayl
Inchaquire ?Friary Dominican Friars
license granted 1488;
possibly a vicarage of Athy between 1488 and 1627
Intyma Kudir;
Inseueyr
Kilberry 'Abbey' ø supposed monastic site - order and period unknown; "abbey",[notes 118] traditionally a nunnery;
possible Knights Hospitaller with sisters attached
Cel-berra
Kilcock Monastery ø supposed nunsorder and period unknown Cell-cocha;
Cell-coice;
Cell-cork
Kilcork Camera Knights Templar
founded 13th century;
dissolved 1308;
manor exchanged with Thomas Fitz John, Earl of Kildare 1318, rectory retained for the Knights Hospitaller
Kilcullen Abbey Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1486 (1470[notes 119]) by Roland FitzEustace, Baron of Portlester, buried here;
dissolved before 30 April 1539, appurtenances seized, occupied by Thomas (Eustace), Lord of Kilcullen;
expelled 1547; granted to Edmund Spencer 1582; 1640s
New Abbey;
Cell-ciluinn;
Ouen
Kildare Abbey early monastic site, nuns;
founded 5th century (c.430) by St Brigid;
monks and nuns
double monastery before 528;
plundered a number of times;
Augustinian nunsArroasian?
founded after 1171?;
episcopal diocesan cathedral built in the abbey grounds between 1223 and 1230, extant;
dissolved 1540-1; farmed by Francis Cosby and Raymond Oge (FizGerald) 1448;
granted to Anthony Deering 1585
St Brigid
Kildare — Grey Abbey KildareGreyFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1254 by the ancestors of the Earls of Kildare or 1260 by Gerald Fitz Maurice, Lord Offaly or William de Vescy;
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1520;
surrendered 30 April 1539; occupied by Philip FytzMores (Fitzmaurice);
granted to Daniel Sutton 1543;
destroyed 1547 and abandoned;
restablished 1621
dissolved c.1770
Kildare — White Abbey Kildare White Abbey as seen from the Round Tower 2013 09 04.jpg Carmelite Friars
founded 1290 by William de Vescy;
dissolved April 1539, surrendered by the prior;
granted to William Dickson;
new church built 1884
St Mary
Killashee Monastery # early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
plundered in raids by the Danes 1035;
remains of non-monastic 15th-century round tower on site
Cell-ausaille;
Cell-usaille;
Kill-auxille;
Kill-Osey;
Kill-usaille
Killelan 'Abbey' Knights Hospitaller
hospital confirmed by Innocent III 1212
Killybegs Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1212, confirmed by Innocent III
dissolved before 1400
Kilbegge;
Kilbegs
Kilrush Cell Augustinian Canons Regular
cell dependent on Cartmel;
founded c.1201;
leased by Prior Rawson to Thomas Alen and Mary his wife 1527;
dissolved before 1540; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond 1558
Cell-rois;
Kylros
Kilteel Preceptory supposed early monastic site
Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1212 by Maurice FitzGerald, confirmed by Innocent III;
dissolved before 1527
Cell-cele-Croist;
Kil-heel;
Kil-hele;
Kil-hill;
Kylehale
Knocknacree Monastery order, period and foundation unknown; formerly traces of a religious foundation[notes 120] Knocknacroith
Leixlip Abbey ø≈ land granted to St Catherine's, Dublin before 1224; reference to 'monastery' probably error for a chantry;
rectory held by St Thomas's Abbey 1540
The Blessed Virgin Mary;
The Abbey Church of Saint Wolstan, Leixlip
Lully Monastery early monastic site, founded before 584;
Anchorites before 784
Lilcach;
Liolcaig;
Lullymore
Maganey Monastery ø purported early monastic site, founded 6th century? by St Abban, son of Cormac, King of Laigin Mag-arnaide;
Maghinemna;
Moyarney
Monasterevin Monastery # early monastic site, founded by St Emin, buried here;
Cistercian monks 1189 (1178?), site granted and confirmed by Dermot O'Dempsey, King of Offaly;
dissolved 1540?; granted to George, Lordd Audley; assigned to Adam Loftus;
later to the family of the Earl of Drogheda;
site now (thought to be) occupied by a stately home named 'Moore Abbey', in use as a hospice 1945–present (below)
Monaster-evan;
Ros-glaisi;
Ross-glass-na-muimnech;
Rosglas;
Rosea Vallis
Moone Abbey MooneAbbey.JPG early monastic site, founded 6th century, probably by St Colmcille, patron;
purported medieval religious house — order unknown
Maein-Choluim-Chille;
Maon-Choluim-Chille;
Monmohenock;
Mooney
Moone Friary ø suggested Franciscan Friars
founded 1258 by Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice — contemporary evidence lacking — possible confusion with Clane
Moore Abbey *, Monasterevin Moore Abbey Main Building 2007 08 27.jpg Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary
founded 1945; extant;
stately home (thought to be) built on the site of Monasterevin Monastery (above), in use as a hospice
Naas Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1200? by a baron of Naas;
hospital added;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior Thomas Poswyk 26 July 1539; granted to Thomas Alen of Dublin 20 April 1540;
granted to Richard Mannering 1553;
leased to Roger Finglas 1568

St John the Baptist
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Nas-na-rig;
Nais;
Nasse;
Le Nas;
Nasa;
Nass;
Asensis;
Vas
Naas Austin Friary Augustinian Friars
founded 14th century? purportedly by a White, or a Cullen of Dublin;
dissolved 1539-40; rented by John Sutton after 1540;
owned by Hugh Molton 1580-1;
leased to Nicholas Aylmer, for fifty years, in 1584

'The Monastery of the Moat'
Naas Priory Dominican Friars
founded 1355-6, licensed by Edward III c.1356;
dissolved 1540; granted to Robert Eustace and others 15 June 1542, for the use of Sir Thomas Luttrell;
later assigned to John Travers;
now at Newbridge
St Eustace
Naas Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
frankhouse;
held by James Tyrrell 1540;
held by Walter Hope of Mullingar 1578, under lease granted by Prior Massingberd of Kilmainham
Old Kilcullen Friary ø purported Observant Franciscan Friars[notes 121] p.38 — erroneous reference[notes 122]
Old Kilcullen Monastery Old Kilcullen Church and Round Tower 2013 09 05.jpg early monastic site, chapel and cloister founded 5th century by St Patrick;
plundered by Amlaibh from Dublin 938, 939, 944
burned 1114
Cill-Cuillind
Naas — Millbrook Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Fechin of Fore, land granted by the King of Leinster Tulachfobhair
Naas Nunnery early monastic site, nuns, founded by St Patrick
Oughterard Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded 6th-7th century by St Brigid (not Brigid of Kildare);
church and round tower largely destroyed by Vikings in 995; northwest of Kill
Uachtar-aird
Rathbride Camera Knights Templar
founded 13th century;
dissolved 1308;
passed to Knights Hospitallers, but exchanged with Thomas Fitx John, Earl of Kildare 1318, rectory retained by Hospitallers
Rathbrigte
St Simon's Friary near Naas Carmelite Friarspossibly Cloncurry
St Wolstan's Priory Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
founded c.1205 by Richard, first prior, and Adam de Hereford;
dissolved 1536, suppressed 15 September; granted to John Alen, Lord Chancellor, 1 December 1536, last prior allowed to remain in residence for life
Scala Caeli
Taghadoe Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Tua (Ulstan the Silent) Teach-tua;
Teach-tua
Timolin Monastery# early monastic site Tomolin;
Tech-moling;
Themolyngbeg;
Tynolingbeg;
Tomolyng
Timolin Priory TimolinChurch.JPG Augustinian nunsArroasian
founded c.1199 by Robert, son of Richard, Lord of Norrach;
church and chapels granted by William de Piro, Bishop of Glendalough, confirmed by Henry, Archbishop of Dublin 1220;
dissolved 1538; held by Edmund Eustas from 14 January 1538;
granted to Henry Harrington 1581;
part granted to Terence (Tirlaughe) O'Brien 1594
St Mary
Tully Abbey Black Abbey, Tully.JPG Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1212, confirmed by Innocent III 1212;
dissolved before 1527; granted to David Sutton 1538
Black Abbey
Yeomanstown Friary Dominican Friars — from Naas
founded after 1666, transferred from Naas;
transferred to Newbridge 1756



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County Kilkenny[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Kilkenny edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Achardensis Friary ø~ supposed Augustinian Friars, possibly in the barony of Ossory location unknown Achiardensis
Archer?
Aghaviller Monastery Aghaviller ruined church and round tower, Newmarket, Co. Kilkenny - geograph.org.uk - 206920.jpg early monastic site, patronised by St Brendan of Birr Achad-biroir
Anothmolt Abbey Cistercian monks — from Stanley, Wiltshire
(community founded at Loughmerans c.1202);
transferred here c.1204;
dissolved c.1207, transferred to new site at Graiguenamanagh
Annamult;
Achermolt;
Athermolt
Ballylarkin Abbey ø asserted monastic site, order unknown
founded 13th century?; 'abbey';[notes 123] ruins of a parish church; (NM)
Calime in Leinster ~≈? Augustinian Friars, probably a duplication of Callan possibly Callan
Callan Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1215
'Callan Abbey'
Callan Augustinian Friary Callanaugustinianfriary.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded 1461 (1468-9) by James (buried here), son of Edmund Butler (son of Sir Richard Butler) who, with his wife, petitioned the Pope who instructed the Abbot of Ferns to instigate the foundation;
Observant Augustinian Canons Regular
refounded 1472;
ruinous by 1540;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Prior William O'Fogarty;
held by the executors of the estate of the late Earl of Ormond 1548; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond 1557-8 with friars in occupancy periodically
Calainn;
Calime
Callan Friary Augustinian Friars
founded 1766
Clonamery Monastery early monastic site St Bronndan
Clonfert Kerpan Abbey ~ early monastic site, founded 503
Clonmore Monastery early monastic site, granted to St Mochoemoc (Pulcherius) Cluain-or, in Ossory
Columbkille Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Kilgriffin
Duiske Abbey +, Graiguenamanagh Graiguenamanach Choir Window SE 1997 08 27.jpg Cistercian monks — from Stanley, Wiltshire
(community founded at Loughmerans c.1202)
transferred here from Annamult c.1207, built by William the elder, Earl of Pembroke;
dissolved 1536;
part of church is in R.C. ecclesiastical use; (NM)
Graiguenamanach;
Graignambreathach;
Douske;
Duiske;
Donyske;
Vallis S. Salvatoris
Drumdelig Friary Thornback Graveyard - geograph.org.uk - 487667.jpg Dominican Friars[notes 124]
novices house, or Franciscan Friars[notes 125] (the latter had land near Dromdelygen 1541)
Thornback;
Druim-Deilgneach;
Dhrime-Dhilignach
Fertagh Priory Fertagh Round Tower Limerick March 2008.JPG early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Ciaran of Seirkieran (St Keiran);
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1251 by the English family of Blanchfield;
destroyed and ruinous 1421;
rebuilt 1455 by Thady Megirid, a canon of Inchmacnerin;
dissolved 1540;
priory church in parochial use by 6 January 1541;
occupied by Nicholas Cowlye;
held by Sir Edward Butler 1566;
reverted to James Butler, Jr 1566-7;-1780;
now part of a handball alley
St Keirman
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Fertae-cairech;
Fertnegeragh;
Fertakeyra;
Frattakyreach;
Grangefertagh
Fiddown Monastery early monastic site, founded before late 6th century;
coarbs at least until 1073;
church demolished 1870
Fedh-duin;
Fiodh-duin;
Fid-duin
Freshford Monastery + IMG StLachFford1824.jpg early monastic site, founded 655-7 by St Lachtain mac Torben, Abbot of Achaid-Ut;
probably continuing after 1111;
site currently occupied by 17th-century St Lachtain's parochial church incorporating 12th century doorway
Achad-ur;
Aghoure
Gowran Camera Knights Templar
founded before 1253;
dissolved 1308, church passed to the Hospitallers
Gabran;
Gawran
St. Mary's Collegiate Church Gowran St. Mary's Collegiate Church Gowran.jpg Collegiate Church
Founded before 1225, Contains a Christianised Ogham Stone from 3rd/4thc. Also the oldest inscribed effigy in Ireland of Ralph, portrieve of Gowran in 1218. The effigy is dated 19 March 1253. The church also contains tombs and effigies of the Butlers of Ormonde. Experts believe that St. Mary's Church was built on the site of an earlier monastery.
dissolved 1308, church passed to the Hospitallers
Gabhrán;
Gowran
Inistioge Abbey =+ early monastic site, possibly founded 6th century, purportedly by St Colmcille;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1206 by Thomas Fitz Anthony;
dissolved 1540;
church in parochial use by 8 January 1541;
occupied by Richard Butler;
granted to Sir Edmond Butler 1566;
incorporated into current C.I. parish church
St Mary and St Colmcille
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St Columba
Inis-teoc;
Inis-tiock;
Ynysteoc
Jerpoint Abbey Jerpoint Abbey E 1997 08 28.jpg probably Benedictine monks
founded 1158 (1166–70);
Cistercian monks — from Baltinglass
founded 1180, grant of church confirmed by charter of John, Lord of Ireland, Earl of Morton c.1185;
dissolved 1540; church in parochial use by 7 January 1541; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond and Ossory 1558; (NM). Thomastown R.C. church contains the high altar from the abbey
Baleochellam;
de Geriponte
Jerpoint Nunnery Cistercian(?) nuns
foundation unknown
adjacent to the monks' abbey;
dissolved 1228, removal ordered by Stephen of Lexington
Kells Priory KellsPriory.jpg early monastic site, founded by St Ciaran of Seirkieran;
secular college
founded 1183 by Geoffrey fitz Robert, confirmed by Felix O'Dulaney, Bishop of Ossory;
Augustinian Canons Regular — from Bodmin, Cornwall
founded 1193 by Geoffrey fitz Robert;
burnt by William de Bermingham 1252;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Nicholas Tobin 18 March, or Philip Howleghan, 8 March;
occupied by James, Earl of Ormond;
church in parochial use by 31 January 1541; part leased to Sir Henry Ratcliff 1576; (NM)
St Mary
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Kells in Ossory;
Cananus;
Keananas
Kilcolumb Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
probably continuing after 1161
Cell-colum
Kilfane Monastery early monastic site, purported 'abbey' founded by St Phian Cell-phaain
Kilferagh Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by St Fiachrius;
church in the monastery of Rathen
Kil-fiachra;
Kil-feara
Kilkenny Augustinian Friary Augustinian Friars
"former canons' monastery[notes 126]
Kilkenny Black Abbey + Kilkenny Black Abbey SE 2007 08 29.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1225 by William Marshal the younger, Earl of Pembroke (purportedly buried here, but actually at Temple Church, London);
dissolved 1540; granted to the Sovereign and commonality of Kilkenny 1543; friars apparently remained in the vicinity
reoccupied during the right of Queen Mary;
used as a courthouse;
church restored 1970s; now in parochial use
Holy Trinity Priory
Kilkenny Carmelite Friary listed as not restored c.1737[notes 127]
Kilkenny Cathedral Monastery + KilkennyCathedral.jpg early monastic site, founded before 599/600 by St Canice;
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111; extant
Kilkenny Grey Friary Kilkenny Friary as seen from the Round Tower 2007 08 28.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1232-40;
dissolved 1540; granted to the Sovereign and the commonality of Kilkenny 1543;
friars expelled by John Bale c.1550;
returned 1553;
expelled 1559, abandoned;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1609;
convent refounded 1612;
refounded 1640
The Abbey Church of Saint Francis, Kilkenny
Kilkenny Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
"liberum hospicum" 1335;
"frankehouse" 1541
Kilkenny Hospital Knights of St Thomas of Acon
founded before 1219 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, confirmed to the knights and brothers by charter of Gilbert Marshall, Earl of Pembroke
The Hospital of Saint John the Baptist
Kilkenny, St John's Priory StJohnPrioryKilkenny.jpg hospital, founded c.1202 by William Marshal the elder, Earl of Pembroke
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1211;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Richard Cantwell, 19 March;
in parochial use by 4 January 1541; granted to the Mayor and citizens of Kilkenny
Hospital of St John the Evangelist
The Priory Church of Saint John, Kilkenny
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St John's Priory without the walls;
St John the Baptist
Kilkenny Nunnery
Kilkieran Monastery early monastic site, high crosses Cell-cainnig;
Canocopolis
Killaloe Monastery early monastic site, founded c.540 by St Mochua Cell-molua
Killamery Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded c.632 by St Gobhan;
probably not continuing after 10th century
Cell-Lamhraighe;
Killamruidhe
Killenny Abbey possible Benedictine monks
founded 1162-5, site granted by Dermot O'Ryan, liegeman of Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, to Felix O Dulany, Abbot of Ossory, confirmed by Dermot;
Cistercian monks — from Jerpoint
founded 1184;
united to Graiguenamanagh 22 July 1227, confirmed by Stephen of Lexington
grange of Graiguenamanagh;
granted to Charles Cavenagh, Abbot of Graiguenamanagh for 61 years 10 June 1525;
dissolved 1540, remaining in possession of Cavenagh at least until 1548, unknown whether monks remained in occupation
St Mary and St Benedict
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Vallis Dei;
Glandy;
Barrowmount;
Old Abbey
Kilmanagh Monastery early monastic site, founded before 563? by St Natalis (or Notan);
probably not continuing after 10th century
Cell-na-manach
Kilree Monastery KilreeMonastery.jpg early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Brigid;
apparently erroneous reference to foundation of an abbey 1176
Cell-righ
Knocktopher Friary ^ Carmelite Friars
founded 1356 by James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond for the friars already in the town;
dissolved before c.1541; granted to Margaret, Countess of Ormond;
friars returned 17th century;
expelled before 1654;
friars returned 1735; convent in existence 1737; remains incorporated into private house, currently in use as a guest house named 'Knocktopher Abbey'
St Mary
The Friary of St Saviour[notes 128]
Knocktopher Carmelite Friary * Carmelite Friars
returned 1735; convent in existence 1737; new church consecrated 1843; extant
Loghmere Abbey Cistercian monks — from Stanley, Wiltshire
founded c.1202/4;
transferred to Anothmolt before 1207
Loughmerans Abbey
Ossarge Abbey Benedictine monks
dependent on Wurzburg;
founded before 1148? (before 1162-5);
if Kilkenny, apparently transferred to Jerpoint in, or soon after, 1165;
dissolved 1541
Ossory;
possibly Jerpoint;
possibly Kilkenny
Rosbercon Abbey Dominican friars
founded 1267, purportedly by the Grace family or the Walsh family;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior Matthew Flemynge 20 June
St Mary;
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Shankill Monastery "site of Abbey"[notes 129] Seincheall
Tibberaghny Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century, patronised by St Mo-Dhomnog of Lann Beachaire Tipra-fachtnai
Tiscoffin Monastery early monastic site, 'cella' founded 6th century by St Scuithin (Scuithin) Tech-scruithin;
Tech-scoithin;
Tascoffin
Tullaherin Monastery early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Cainnnech;
round tower on site
Tulach-tirm;
Tulach-Iarain
Tullamaine Monastery early monastic site;
plundered 1026
Tealach-dimainn;
Tealach-n-ionmainne
Ullard Monastery early monastic site, founded before 670 by St Fiachra
high cross and ruined church
Woolengrange ~ Cistercian monks
grange of Jerpoint;
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County Laois[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Laois edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeyleix Abbey# Cistercian monks — from Baltinglass
founded 1183 by Corcherger O'Moore (Cucogry O’More/Connor O'More);
colonized from Baltinglass 7 September 1184
dissolved before 1552?; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond 1563
Leix Abbey;
Lex Dei
Abbeyleix Monastery early monastic site, founded c.600 Leix;
Lex Dei;
Leys;
Monaster-Laoighise
Addrigoole Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 600? by St Finbarr of Cork;
probably Augustinian nuns after 1160;
dissolved c.1240, convent granted to the prioress and nuns of Kilculliheen by David Fitz Milo, Baron of Overke - no subsequent record of nuns at the convent
Addergoole;
Etargabail
Aghaboe Friary Dominican Friars
founded 1382 by Florence Mac Gilpatrick, Lord of Ossory;
dissolved 1540; granted to Florence Fitzpatrick, Baron of Upper Ossory 1601
St Canice
Aghaboe Monastery # early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Canice
episcopal diocesan cathedral
Achad-Bo;
Aghavoe;
Athebowe;
Hagevo
Aghaboe Priory Aghaboe, County Laois - geograph.org.uk - 1825428.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1382;
on site of Aghaboe Monastery (see immediately above);
dissolved; granted to Florence FitzPatrick c.1600
Aghmacart Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century St Tigernach
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Achad-maic-airt;
Achad-mic-airt;
Achamicaire;
Hacmakarthy
Aghmacart Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1168?, supposedly on the site of earlier monastery (see immediately above);
dissolved 1540; granted to Florence Fitzpatrick, Baron of Upper Ossory 1601
St Tigernach
St Mary
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Achad-maic-airt;
Achad-mic-airt;
Achamicaire;
Hacmakarthy;
Achmacatenis;
Achmecart;
Ahmart;
Amcart
Aghmacart parish 'Abbey', nr Glenmacoll "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 130]
Annatrim Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mochoemoc (Pulcherius) Eadcruin;
Enach-truim
Ardea parish 'Friary' nr River Triogue "Friary in ruins"[notes 131]
Attanagh Monastery mentioned 1202-18 — possibly Loughill Athenagh;
Athanagh;
Loughill?
Ballylynan 'Abbey', nr Killabban parish supposed monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown; purportedly founded by the O'More family;
"Abbey in ruins"[notes 132]
Abbey of Shanecourt;
Old Court
Clonagh 'Monastery', Killabban parish "Monastery (in ruins)"[notes 133]
Clonenagh Monastery founded 6th century by St Fintan;
site now occupied by the remains of Clonenagh Church
Cluain-ednech;
Cluain-eidnech;
Cluain-oynach
Clonmeen Abbey supposed monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown;
"Site of Abbey"[notes 134]
Cluain-min
Durrow Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Fintan Loeldubh of Dermagh in Hiduach Durmagh-ua-nDuach;
Dermagh
Dysartenos Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Oengus between retiring from Clonenagh and prior to move to Tallaght Disert-aengusa;
Disert-enos
Dysart Gallen Monastery early monastic site Disert-Chuilin
Errill Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 5th century by St Ciaran;
"Friary (in ruins)" and "Church (in ruins)"[notes 135]
Kildellig Monastery early monastic site Cell-dellce;
Kil-edelig
Kilfoelain Monastery early monastic site, possibly in County Laois or County Offaly Cell-faolain;
Kilfoylan? (Kilmanaghan parish, County Offaly)
Killabban Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Abban Cell-abbain;
Kilebbane
Killermoghe Abbey early monastic site, founded 558 by St Colmcille Armuighe
Killeshin Monastery early monastic site, founded late 545 by St Comghan;
burned c.1042 by mac Mael-na-mbo;
burned 1077;
site occupied by ruined 12th-century church (NM)
Gleane;
Glenn-uissen;
Glinnhussen
Mountrath Monastery early monastic site, monks, possibly founded 6th century by St Patrick Muine-ratha
Mountrath Nunnery early monastic site, monks, possibly founded 6th century by St Brigid</noinclude>
Oughaval Monastery Stradbally Oughaval Church SE 2010 09 02.jpg founded c.595 by St Colman of Oughaval; church in parochial use after the 12th century;
modified 19th century by the Cosby family
Newtown Nunnery purported ruins of a house of nuns,[notes 136] foundation, period, order and status unknown Baile-nua;
Cahir
Rathaspick Monastery early monastic site Raith-ne-n-epscop
Rosenallis Monastery founded by St Brigid of Kildare;
dissolved 1537
Ros-finglas
Rostuirc Monastery early monastic site Rostoirc;
possibly Kilbricken (Offerlane parish)
Stradbally Abbey + Franciscan Friars
founded 1447 by Lord O'More;
seized by the English c.1568;
dissolved c.1569;
large house built by Francis Cosby, from monastic materials;
granted to Francis Cosby
Stradbaile-laoighisi;
Strad-bhailelaoise;
Loyes;
Mon-au-bealing;
Noughaval;
Oughaval (q.v.)
Shrule Monastery early monastic site, founded by late 5th century;
plundered by the Osraigi 864
Sruthair-guairi;
Sruthair-ghuaire
Sleaty Monastery early monastic site, (community founded by St Fiacc at Domnach-feic);
transferred here by St Fiacc;
plundered by the Osraigi 864;
site occupied by remains of Sleaty Church
Slebte;
Sleibte;
Sletty
Tempulna Cailleachdubh early monastic site, nuns
Timahoe Monastery TimahoeRoundTower2.JPG early monastic site, founded before 654 by St Mochua mac Lonan;
burned 1142
Tech-mochua;
Timohoe



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County Leitrim[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Leitrim edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Annaduffe Abbey early monastic site; founded 766, purportedly patronised by Comin Ea (possibly Cuimmin Fionn, Abbot of Iona);
possibly ceased to exist 12th century;
C.I. parochial church on site
Annaduff;
Annagh-duffe;
Annagh-yew;
Eanach-Dubh
Cloone Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century (probably before 570), by St Cruimthir Fraech (in the time of St Colmcille) Cluain-chollaing;
Cluain-conmaicne;
Clone
Cuivelleagh Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded by Lord of Chanligh, confirmed by the "Bishop of Athenry" (probably Achonry) and the pope;
probable mistaken reference to Creevelea (Dromahair), q.v.
Dromahair Friary Creevelea Friary S 2007 08 16.jpg Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1508 by Margaret O'Brien (buried here), wife of Eoghan O'Rourke;
burned 1536;
rebuilt by Brian Ballach O'Rourke;
dissolved c.1598; partly occupied by the English;
occupied by a Harrison c.1617;
another house built for friars 1618;
reoccupied by friars 1642 and shortly after the Restoration to 1837
Creevelea;
Craobhliath;
Crowlekale;
Crueleach;
Carrag Patrice;
Petra Patricii;
Druim-da-ethair;
Baile-ui-ruairc;
Ballegruaircy;
Cuivelleagh ?
Drumlease Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Druim-lias;
Dromleas
Drumreilly Monastery early monastic site;
early bishopric;
reference to hospital, 1479
Druim-airbelaid;
Druim-erbelaid
Fenagh Monastery early monastic site;
early bishopric;
plundered and damaged 1244;
possible community in existence up to 16th century
Fiodnacha-maighe-rein;
Fidnacha
Jamestown Friary Franciscan Friars
convent founded 1641 or later
Baile-thaidh-duib;
Tullagh;
Jacobopolis
Killanummery Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs in 14th century;
with hospital 1595
Cell-an-iomaire;
Killynonyre
Killarga Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until at least 1416
Cell-ferta
Killasnet Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded by St Osnata
Cell-osnata
Kiltoghert 'Abbey' "Abbey",[notes 137]
ruins of abbey,[notes 138]
ruins of church[notes 139]
Leitrim Monastery early monastic site, apparently founded by 7th century Liath-drum;
Lietdrum
Lough Nahoo Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by 500 Lough-uama;
Lough Uva
Mohill Priory early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Manchan;
Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Abbeyderg;
founded after 1216?;
dissolved before 1590, hitherto held by O'Ferall, granted to Edward Barret 1592;
granted to Terence (Tirlaughe) O'Byrne 1594
St Mary
Maethail;
Maothail;
Mucgail
Mohill Friary purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, erroneous reference to Augustinian priory (see immediately above)
Rosfriar Franciscan Friars — from Donegal
probable place of refuge
Rosinver early monastic site, purportedly founded either by St Maedoc or St Tighernach;
coarbs recorded to 1438
Ros-inbher
Rossclogher Abbey,
Kinlough
early monastic site, nuns
founded before 810 by Tigernach (St Tigenach), Abbot of Killeigh, for his mother, St Mella;
possible "Abbey" site[notes 140]
Doire Melle;
Doiremelle;
Dairemeilli



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County Limerick[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Limerick edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeyfeale Abbey AbbeyfealeAbbeySite.jpg Cistercian monks
founded 1188 by Brian O'Brien;
dissolved c.1209;
cell dependent on Monasteranenagh c.1209;
dissolved c.1350?;
probably residential grange leased to laymen;
possibly obtained by Carmelite Friars (v. Felense in Munster, infra)
Feale;
Monaster-na-Feile;
Felense?
Abington Abbey Cistercian monks — from Arklow
(community founded at Wyresdale, Lancashire c.1196 from Furness, transferred to Arklow before 1204)
transferred here 1205, land granted by Theobald Walter, Butler of Ireland;
dissolved 1540;
secular 1540;
restored — recolonized from Furness/Savigny;
granted to Walter Aphoell by Edward VI, confirmed by Queen Mary 1553;
dissolved after 1557;
lease passed to Piers (Peter) Walshe 1562
St Mary
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Mainister-uaithne;
Owney;
Unquchin;
Vetinex;
Vogney;
Woney;
Wotheney;
Huena
Adare Friary + Augustinian Friary St NicholasChurch Adare.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded before 1316 by John Fitz Thomas Fitzgerald;
Observant Augustinian Friars 1472;
dissolved 1539-40; friars probably still in occupation until 1559;
dissolved c.1581?;
leased to John Gold and others before 1583;
granted to Sir Henry Wallop 1595;
conventual church now in use as C.I. parish church
Black Abbey
Adare Friary, (Franciscan) AdareFranciscanFriary.JPG
AdareFranciscanFriaryInterior.JPG
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1464 by Thomas Fitz Gerald, Earl of Kildare and his wife Johanna;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1466;
dissolved 1539-40;
apparently unoccupied by 1559;
restored by 1579;
expelled c.1581 during the Desmond war;
granted to Sir Henry Wallop 1595;
(re-established at a new location in Adare 1633)
now in the grounds of Adare Manor, within a golf course, with public access
The church of Saint Michael Archangel of the Friars Minor
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Athdara;
Atdare
Adare Trinitarian Monastery AdareTrinitarianMonastery.jpg Trinitarian Friars
founded c.1230 (before 1226?);
dissolved after 1539? (officially February 1539);
granted to Sir Henry Wallop 1595;
ruinous church repaired by the Earl of Dunraven 1811; in use as R.C. church
St James;
The Holy Trinity
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White Abbey
Adare Dominican Friary Dominican Friars — erroneous reference to Trinitarian Friary[notes 141]
Adare Preceptory Knights Hospitaller (listed c.1658[notes 142])
Any Friary purported Augustinian Friars[notes 143]
founded during the reign of Edward II, by John, son of Robert and others;
Knockainy;
Ballynamona?
Ardaneer Priory Benedictine monks
founded c.1202, land and church granted by William de Burgo to Richard, monk of Glastonbury;
dependent on Glastonbury;
dissolved 1205?
St Mary
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?Ardimur;
Ardinuir;
Oculnid
Ardpatrick Monastery Ardpatrick S 2007 08 08.jpg early monastic site, purportedly founded 5th century by St Patrick;
monastic lands recorded as late as 1597
Ardpatricke;
Ard-Padraig
Askeaton Friary AskeatonFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1389?,[notes 144] or before 1400[notes 145]) by Gearóid Iarla (Gerald), 4th Earl of Desmond,[notes 146] or 1420 by James Fitzgerald, Earl of Desmond;[notes 147]
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1497;
reformed 1513;
dissolved 1575; (NM)
Athskettin;
Easa-geibhteine;
Es-geibhteine;
Inis-geibhthine;
Easa-gebryny
Askeaton Commandery Knights Templar[notes 148]
founded 1298, attached to the parochial church,[notes 149] now the C.I. parish church of St Mary
Ballinegaul Friary early monastic site
Dominican Friars
founded 1296, rebuilt by the Geraldines;
dependent on Kilmallock;
granted to Richard Lawless 1551-2;
dissolved before 1586, ruinous by 1586;
listed as Carmelite 1597 (see immediately below)
Monaster-na-ngall;
Burgus Anglorum;
Braber duff (Black friars);
Ballinegall
Ballinegaul White Friary Carmelite Friars
former Dominican house (see immediately above) listed as White Friars 1597
Monaster-na-ngall;
Burgus Anglorum</noinclude>
Ballingarry Abbey 'abbey',[notes 150] unknown order and foundation
Franciscan Friars?
Ballingarry Nunnery ~ supposed nunsorder and foundation unknown dedication unknown
Ballintubber Monastery purported Carmelite Friars or Knights Templar
granted to Robert Browne
possible reference to Rochestown Dominican Friary
Ballybrood Friary Franciscan Friars — possible refuge 17th century;
purportedly all slaughtered by Oliver Cromwell
Ballycahane Preceptory? Knights Templar
church confirmed to the Knights Hospitaller 1212 — no record of preceptory
Cathan
Ballynagallagh Priory Augustinian nuns
convent founded 1283 by a FitzGibbon;
land here in possession of Llanthony Priory 1360;
dissolved before 1548; granted to Edmund Sexton c.1548;
some confusion with St Catherine de O'Conyl;
Monaster-nagalliaghduff;
Monaster-necallowduffe;
Monaster-nicalliagh
Ballyorgan Friary ¤≈ Trinitarian — erroneous reference to Ballinegaul Dominican Friary, supra Baile-aragain
Ballyorgan Friary early monastic site, purportedly founded 6th century by St Finnian
Bruree Preceptory? Knights Templar
castle purportedly built 12th century by the order;
no record of a preceptory
Brugh-righ
Carrigogunnell Preceptory? Knights Templar[notes 151] Carraic-O-gCoinneal
Castleconnell Friary? unknown order
purported Augustinian Friars
founded c.1300;[notes 152]
"remains of a monastery"[notes 153]
Caislen-ui-chonaing;
Castle-Connell in Munster
Castletown-mac-eneiry Monastery remains of a purported large monastery,[notes 154] doubtful Roque (Castletown, Corcomohide parish)
Clarina Monastery Autustinian Canons Regular nuns Cluain-Credhil;[notes 155]
Killeedy?
Cloch-na-monach Abbey Cistercian monks
supposed abbey remains;[notes 156]
grange of Monasteranenagh
Cloghnamanagh
Cloncagh Monastery early monsastic site, founded before 625 by St Maedoc of Ferns
Clonkeen Monastery early monsastic site, founded 6th/7th century by St Mo-Diomog[notes 157]
Doon Monastery early monsastic site, founded 6th century (in existence in the time of St Colmcille) Dunbleschiae
Dysert Monastery,
Carrigeen
DysertMonastery.jpg early monastic site, founded by a St Oengus (purportedly the Culdee) Disert-aengusa
Felense Friary ~≈? Carmelite Friars
possibly located in County Limerick, possibly former site of Abbeyfeale Cistercians, supra, otherwise county and location unknown
Felense in Munster;
Abbeyfeale?
Friarstown Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1450? (or 13th century by the Clan-Gibbons);
dissolved 1544;
possibly vacant by 1450;
held in rebellion by Gerald Baluff f. Philip until after 1590?
St Francis de Ballynebrahrair
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Ballynabrahrair;
Baile-ne-braher;
Bally-ne-braher;
Clochnamanach Abbey
Galbally Friary village location — friary located across the county border: see Moor Abbey, List of monastic houses in County Tipperary
Glenstal Abbey * GlenstalAbbeyChurch.jpg Benedictine monks;
extant; mansion in monastic use, also serving as a school
Hospital Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1215 (during the reign of King John) by Geoffrey de Mariscis, the Knights being granted royal privileges 1215;
dissolved before 1540; farmed out by Pr Rawson;
granted to Sir Valentine Browne by Queen Elizabeth;
Kenmare Castle built on site by Browne;
leased before 1603;
granted to Thomas Brown (ancestor of the Earls of Kenmare) 1604
The Preceptory of Saint John the Baptist, Any
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Ane;
Any;
Hospital of Any;
Anye
Hyde Ita Nunnery? Augustinian Canons Regular nuns,[notes 158] apparently Cell Ita (v. Killedy) Hydh Ita;
(probably Cell Ita, properly Killeedy)?
Kellis Priory properly Kells, County Kilkenny[notes 159]
Killeedy Monastery early monastic site, monks and nuns
founded c.546 by St Ita;
possibly not continuing after the 10th century
Cell-ite;
Cluain-chredail;
Killita
Kilmacanearla Abbey, Ballingarry parish "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 160]
Kilmallock Friary Kilmallock Priory SW 2007 08 08.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1291, land purchased from John Bluet, burgess, with the consent of Edward I;
dissolved 1541;
leased to James FitzJohn, Earl of Desmond 1548;
passed to the Crown and the commonality of Kilmallock 1569-70;
friars probably expelled 1571 when the town was sacked;
granted to Nicholas Miagh, sovereign of Kilmallock, and to the brethren and community 1594; (NM)
Flacispaghe
Kilmallock Monastery early monastic site, founded early half of the 7th century by St Mochelloch;
plundered 1015
Cell-mochelloc;
Cell-dacheallog;
Killochy
Kilmallock Monastery purported Augustinian Canons Regular[notes 161]
Kilmallock Monastery purported Augustinian Friars,[notes 162] in which case founded after 1630
Kilpeacon Monastery early monastic site, founded before 690 by St Becan (Mo-Becoc) Cluain-ard-Mobecoc
Kilrath Monastery early monastic site, County Limerick?[notes 163] Cella Rath
Kilsane Nunnery ≈¤ nuns, (misreading of source)[notes 164] properly St Catherine de O'Conyl, infra
Kilshane Abbey Cistercian monks — from Corcomroe (County Clare)[notes 165]
daughter of Corcomroe;
founded 1198 by Donnchad Cairbreach O'Brien, King of Limerick;
dissolved c.1200, united to Monasteranenagh
Cell-scanaig;
Kil-son;
Kil-sonna;
Ballingarry;
Garra
Kilshane Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1426? by Fitzgerald, Lord of Clenlis[notes 166]
dissolved after 1584
Kilteely Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Patrick Cell-tidil;
Kilteidhill
Kilteely Commandery Knights Templar chapel,[notes 167] purported commandery[notes 168]
founded 1291[notes 169]
Kildromin Church
King's Island Franciscan Friars, (misreading of source)[notes 170] Island near Limerick[notes 171]
properly Limerick Franciscan Friars, infra
Knockainy Monastery ø~ purported early monastic site — dubious[notes 172]
unknown order, period or foundation
Cnoc-aine;;
Aine-cliath;
cf Any; Hospital of Any
Kynnethin Monastery ø≈ purported Augustinian Canons Regular — possible reference to Keynsham, Somerset, England, which had property in County Limerick Kynnythin
Lehense Monastery Carmelite Friars — possible duplication of reference to Barvegalense (Milltown) possibly Barvegalense (Milltown)
Limerick Crutched Friars Priory Hospital Crutched Friars
founded before 1216 (during the reign of King John) by Simon Minor;
dissolved 1537;
passed to Augustinian Friars 1632 (see immediately below)
St Mary and St Edmund, King, and the Holy Cross
Limerick Monastery of the Holy Cross Augustinian Friars
founded 1632, previously Crutched Friars (see immediately above)
St Mary and St Edward
Limerick Blackfriars Dominican Friars
founded 1227 by Donogh Carbreach O'Brien, King of Thomond, buried here; (Edward I claimed his own ancestors were the founders);
Dominican Friars, Regular Observant
reformed 1504;
dissolved 1543; granted to James, Earl of Desmond, who restored the friars;
forfeited to the Crown 1569-72; granted to Robert Ansley 1589;
held by James Gould until his death 1600;
(subsequent history O'Heyne, Burgo and Coleman)
St Saviour
Limerick Franciscan Friars Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1267 (during the reign of Henry III) by the de Burgo family[notes 173] (Thomas de Burgo[notes 174] or William de Burgo[notes 175]);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1534;
dissolved 1534; granted to Edmund Sexton;
restored 1540-8;
friars expelled by the Protestants 1548;
ruinous, owned by Stephen Sexton prior to his death in 1595;
abandoned until 1615
Limerick Priory Augustinian nuns
founded 1171? by Donal O'Brien, King of Limerick;
dependent on Killone c.1189;
dissolved 1541; farmed out by Edmund Sexton 1548
St Peter
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probably Monaster ne Callow Duffe (Black Abbey)
Limerick Monaster ne Callow Duffe ø~ nuns — (probable misinterpretation) probably Limerick Priory
Limerick Preceptory? ø Knights Templar or Knights Hospitaller
probable Frank House
Luimneach;
Lumniac;
Limbricen
Lough Gur, ø near Loghgir purported Franciscan Friars probably Friarstown (Ballynabrahrair)
Luddenbeg Monastery ø purported monastery[notes 176] — remains appear to be a parochial church
Milltown Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1459-60, land granted to Carmelites Donald Ygormellay and William de Burgo by James Deles, donsel of Emly Diocese, and Kennedy Macbriayn and his brother Torieleus, to build a monastery;
dissolved before 1544;
restored
also mistakenly given as Carthusian[notes 177]
Ballinegall;
Barvegalense;
Ballywullan;
Villa Mollendini;
Molingar
Monasteranenagh Abbey MonasteranenaghAbbey.jpg Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1148 (1148/51) by Turlough O'Brien, King of Thomond, confirmed by King John;
dissolved 1540; granted to Sir Osborne Echingham 1543;
monks apparently continued to occupy until 1579;
captured by the English 3 April 1580, during the Desmond rebellion and the monks massacred; (NM)
Monaster-an-Aonagh;
Eanach;
Monaster-na-maighe;
Maigue;
Maio;
Manister;
Nenagh;
Nenay
St. Katherine's Abbey, Monisternagalliaghduff,
nr. Shanagolden
MonisternagalliaghduffAbbey.jpg Augustinian nuns
founded 1298;
dissolved 1541
Mungret Abbey MungretAbbey.jpg early monastic site, founded before 551 by St Nessan the Deacon;
plundered on several occasions 9th-12th century;
possible Augustinian Canons Regular for a time, 12th century — documentary evidence lacking;
claimed episcopal status 1152 — deemed too close to the see at Limerick to substantiate the claim; (NM)
Mungairit;
Moungairid
Newcastle Camera ø Knights Templar[notes 178]
founded 1184, castle of the earls of Desmond built by the Templars, who were stationed here;
dissolved before 1308?
Caislen-nua
Old Kildimo Monastery ~ early monastic site, purportedly founded prior to arrival of St Patrick in Munster,[notes 179] by Dimma Cell-diomma;
Kildimma
Old Kildimo Preceptory Knights Templar[notes 180]
Court Castle founded by the Templars
Rathkeale Friary ø Franciscan Friars[notes 181] — no such establishment here
Rochestown Friary Dominican Friars
founded ?;
dependent on Limerick?;
dissolved c.1544; granted to Robert Browne
Friarstown Friary, Rocheston;
Rocheston;
Ballyniwillin;
Ballywilliam;
Bailenambratharbeg;
Mainistirnambratharbeg
St. Katherine's Abbey, Monisternagalliaghduff,
near Shanagolden
MonisternagalliaghduffAbbey.jpg Augustinian nuns
founded before 1261;
dissolved before 1567; granted to Sir Warham St Leger 1567;
sometime owned by Sir John Desmond
leased to James Gold 1583;
granted to Sir Hugh Wallop 1594
St Catherine
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St Catherine de O'Conyl Priory;
Monasternecallow-duffe;
Monasternagalliaghduff;
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County Longford[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Longford edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Abbeyderg Abbey AbbeydergAbbey.JPG Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1216 (during the reign of King John) probably by Gormgall O'Quinn;
raised to abbey status after 1487?
dissolved 1540;
restored?, occupied by John O'Ferral, previously abbot, 1548, by assignment of Sir Thomas Cusak;
granted to Nicholas Ailmer, termor
St Peter
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Monaster-darig;
Monaster-deirg;
Monaster-derick
Abbeylara Abbey AbbeylaraAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from St Mary's, Dublin
founded c.1210 by Sir Richard Tuit;
colonised 1214;
dissolved 1540
Leathragh;
Laragh;
Leathan;
Monaster-Lethratha;
Granard
Abbeyshrule Abbey AbbeyshruleAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1200 by the O'Ferral family;
affiliation changed to Bective 1228;
dissolved 1569;
suppressed by Queen Elizabeth, 1592; (NM)
Flumen Dei;
Sruthair;
Schrowl
Ardagh Monastery ArdaghCathedral.JPG early monastic site founded 5th century by St Patrick or St Mel?
diocesan cathedral 1111
Ardachad
Ballynasaggart Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1510? by Geoffrey O'Ferrall;
dissolved 1540;
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1634;
dissolved 1811
St John the Baptist Friary (from 1634)
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Ballinasaggart;
Baile-na-sagart;
Baile-ne-saggard
Cashel Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
ruins near parish church purportedly remains of a foundation dependent on Inchcleraun[notes 182]
Clonbroney Abbey early monastic site, nunspurportedly founded 5th century by St Patrick;
dissolved after 1163
Cluain-bronaig;
Cluain-ebrone
Cloondara Monastery early monastic site, probable patron St Ernan of Cloneogher, 6th century Cluain-da-ratha;
Cluain-daragh
Cloneogher Monastery early monastic site, patron St Ernan, 6th century (in the time of St Colmcille) Cluain-deochra;
Clonogherie;
Clonoghrir
Druim-cheo Nunnery ø~ purported early monastic site, nuns — evidence lacking Druim-chea;
Bawn?
Forgney Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Forgnaide
(approx)
Granard Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, granted by Coirpre's sons Granairud;
Granard Kill
Inchbofin Monastery Former county location. See List of monastic houses in County Westmeath
Inchcleraun Priory early monastic site, founded 6th century (c.540 or probably earlier) by St Diarmuid (Dermod);
Augustinian Canons Regular (— Arroasian)?
refounded after 1140;
plundered several times;
plundered 1098 by O'Brien
dissolved c.1541
Inis-clothrann;
Inis-cloghran;
Quaker Island
Inchmore Priory, Lough Gowna early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille
Augustinian Canons Regular (— Arroasian)?
dependent on Louth
refounded after 1140;
dissolved 1540, surrendered 8 October 1540; occupied by Lyosagh O'Ferral by 1548, by assignment with Sir Thomas Cusacke;
leased to James Nugent 1560
St Mary (from Augustinian refoundation, after 1140)
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Inismor-Loch-Gamna;
Inchymory;
Columbkille, Lough Gawna/Lough Gowna;
Teampull Choluim Cille (early church)
Inchmore Priory, Lough Ree Former county location. See List of monastic houses in County Westmeath
Kilcommoc Friary Dominican Friars — probable place of refuge after expulsion from Longford Kil-comin;
Kil-cumin
Kilglass Monastery possible early monastic site, nuns
possibly founded 5th century by St Eiche, sister of St Mel and neice of St Patrick
Cell-glaissi
Kilmodain Monastery early monastic site Abbey of St Modan;
Cell-muadain, in Kilmahon?
Longford Friary +? Dominican Friars
founded 1400 by ——— O'Farrel;
Regular Observant Dominican Friars
reformed before 1429;
dissolved 1540-1, nominally suppressed;
friars probably remained in occupation
granted to Richard Nugent 1566-7;
dissolved 1578?; granted to Sir Nicholas Malby 1578;
granted to Francis, Vicount Valentia 1615;
restored to the friars 1641 during the Confederation;
friars' church in use by the Protestants until mid-19th century;
St John's C.I. parish church built on site, possibly incorporating some of the material from the friars' church
St Brigid
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Latoria;
Longphort
Longford Monastery ø mistakenly-purported early monastic site[notes 183]
Raithin Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Raithen;
possibly Leath Rath,[notes 184] near Longford
Saints Island Priory, Lough Ree dubious early monastic site founded before 542 by Ciaran;[notes 185]
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1200 by a descendant of Sir Henry Dillon of Drumrany;
dissolved after 1600?;
Augustinian Friars
founded 1643
All Saints;
Inis-na-naomh;
Oilean-na-naomh;
Insula Omnium Sanctorum;
Insula Sacra;
Holy Island


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County Louth[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Louth edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ardee Priory Hospital Crutched Friars, brethren and sisters
founded c.1207 by Roger Pipard;
hospital confirmed 1211 by Eugene, Archbishop of Armagh;
dissolved 1539, surrendered 6 December 1539 by Prior George Dowdall; granted to George Dowdall (by then Archbishop of Armagh) for life 1544 by Queen Mary;
granted to Edward Moore 1579
St John the Baptist
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Ath-fhirdiadh;
Ath-firdead;
Ath-ferdia;
Ath-erdea;
Aichirde;
de Atrio Dei
Ardee White Friars Carmelite Friars
founded after 1272 (during the reign of Edward I) by Ralph Pipard
rebuilt by the townsmen by 1302, land etc granted by John Littleboy and two others;
church burnt down 1315 by the followers of Edward the Bruce whilst filled with men, women and children;
dissolved 1539; demolished by the commissioners by 30 September 1540 and the materials sold;
friars subsequently returned to Ardee
Priory of St Mary of Mount Carmel of Athirde
Ardee Preceptory ~ Knights Hospitaller[notes 186]
Ardpatrick Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, purportedly a leper hospital, more likely a hospital for the sick[notes 187]
Ballymascanlan Priory Cistercian monks
apparently intended daughter of Mellifont, 1232-3, on lands granted by Hugh de Lacy;
project abandoned 1236, probably deemed too close to Newry
Carlingford Priory Dominican Friars
founded 1305 or 1307 by Richard de Burgo, Earl (Rufus) of Ulster;[notes 188]
dissolved before 1541;
disputed between Dominican monks and Franciscan Friars 1670s
Dominican monks to 18th century,
transferred to Dundalk
St Malachy
Cluain-brain Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Cluain-braoin;
Ernatiensis (Ernaide)[notes 189]
Clonkeen Monastery ~ early monastic site, probably founded by St ColmanCule;
also suggested to have been located in County Laois[notes 190]
Cluain-cain;
Cluain-chaoin
Clonmore Monastery early monastic site Cluain-mor-fer-n-arda
Drogheda Friary# Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1240-45, possibly by the townsmen or Lord Darcy de Platina (Platten), or by the Plunket family, or Lord Ralph Pippard;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed not later than 1506 — possibly initially unsuccessfully;
reformed 1518;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Richard MOlane, the guardian, 20 March 1540, granted to Richard Aylmer c.1545;
friars possibly in occupation until c.1546, abandoned until a new house was erected 1610
Droched-atha;
Droichead-atha;
Pontana
Drogheda Priory Hospital — St Mary de Urso Drogheda StMary'sFriary.JPG Crutched Friars
founded c.1206 by Ursus de Suamel as a hospital for the poor and infirm, initially under a warden, possibly not under the Cruciferi until later;[notes 191]
dissolved 1540; granted to the mayor etc of Drogheda 1556
St Mary de Urso
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St Mary d'Urso Abbey;
The Old Abbey
Drogheda Priory Hospital — St Laurence Crutched Friars
founded c.1202-1203 by the mayor of Drogheda, lepers transferred from St Mary Magdalen hospital c.1202;
dissolved 1540; granted to the Mayor etc of Drogheda 1556
St Laurence the Martyr
Drogheda Priory Hospital — St John the Baptist Crutched Friars
founded before 1216 (during the reign of King John), possibly by Walter de Lacy;
dissolved 1539, surrendered 26 July 1539; granted to James Sedgrave before 1554 (during the reign of Edward VI)
St John Baptist
Drogheda — St Laurence's Franciscan Friary ^ Franciscan Friars
founded 1840;
dissolved 2000; granted to the Corporation of Drogheda (now Drogheda Borough Council);
currently in use as an art gallery, Highlanes Gallery
St Laurence
Drogheda White Friars Carmelite Friars
founded after 1272 (during the reign of Edward I) by inhabitants of the English colony;
dissolved c.1539; demolished by 11 October 1540;
farmed out 1548;
friars returned to the town a few years before 1642; convent not recorded as being in existence 1739-59;
church rebuilt 1807
St Mary
Drogheda Black Friars Drogheda StMaryMagdaleneFriary.JPG Dominican Friars
founded 1224 by Luke Netterville, Archbishop of Armagh, purportedly buried here;
Regular Observant Dominican Friars
reformed 1484;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Prior Peter Lewis, 20 March 1540 by which time the church and most of dorter were ruinous
St Mary Magdalene
Drogheda Abbey? Benedictine monks
founded before 1171, confirmed 1188;;
dissolved after 1238, united with Mellifont between 1238 and 1329
The Blessed Virgin Mary
Drogheda Augustinian Friary * Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1866; extant
St Augustine
Drogheda Augustinian Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1188;
dependent on Llanthony, confirmed 1188 and c.1207;
quasi-collegiate before 1230;
dissolved c.1549?
St Peter
Drogheda Nunnery
Drogheda Preceptory? Knights Templar
tenements probably a frankhouse
Dromin Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded by St Findian Druim-fioinnl;
Druim-finn;
Druim-hIng
Dromiskin Monastery DromiskinMonastery.JPG early monastic site founded 5th century by St Patrick St Lugaid
St Ronan
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Druim-enesclaind;
Druim-ineascluin;
Drumiskin


Drumcar Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Fintan;
possibly not continuing after 11th century
Druim-caradh;
Druim-cara
Drumshallon Priory Cell purported early monastic site[notes 192]
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
dependent on Holy Trinity, Dublin;
founded c.1202;
suppressed by Albert, Archbishop of Armagh between 1240 and 1244, the church becoming parochial;
confirmed to Holy Trinity, Dublin 1244;
dissolved after 1262
St Mary
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Druim salen;
Druim-salfind
Dundalk Priory Hospital possible hospital founded 1160, possibly granted to a de Verdon before 1189;
Crutched Friars, brethren and sisters
founded before 1189? (during the reign of King John) by Nicholas de Verdon, or (at the end of the reign of Henry II) by Bertram de Verdon;
dissolved1539, surrendered by Prior Patrick Galtrym, with the consent of the convent, 23 November 1539 (or 23 November 1540);
held by Henry Draycott during the reign of Queen Mary until surrendered it 12 September 1557
St Leonard
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Dun-dealgan;
Dun-delca;
Srathbaile;
Stradbhaile;
Stradvalle;
Traigh-bhaile-duine-dealgan
Dundalk Franciscan Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1246 (during the reign of Henry III) by John de Verdon, or his mother Rohesa de Verdon, wife of Theobald Butler;
dissolved c.1540; demolished by Lord Grey, the king's deputy by 6 October 1540; granted to James Brandon 1543;
friars' community apparently remained in the vicinity
Observant Franciscan Friars
refounded 1556;
dissolved 1563, destroyed and friars expelled by the Protestants 1563
new friary built 1626 (see immediately below)
Dundalk Franciscan Friary Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1626 — on finding establishment of Carmelites the Franciscans petitioned for prior rights, upheld by inquiry 1633, ratified by Rome 1638
Dundalk Carmelite Friars Carmelite Friars
founded before 1626;
dissolved, Franciscan Friars' petition for prior rights upheld 1633
Dunleer Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th or 7th century by St Forodran;
raided on several occasions by Norsemen and by others;
burnt 1148
Lann-leire;
Lan-leri;
Linnleire;
Loinleire
Ernaide Monastery ~≈ early monastic site, oratory?, possibly located in County Louth Ernaensis;
Urney?;
Nurney?
Furney?;
Cluainbraoin?
Faughart Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded by St Darerca (Moninne) Fochard;
Faugher
Faughart Monastery? ø purported early monastic site, monks[notes 193]
Kellystown Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian — from Termonfeckin
founded after 1507;
dissolved c.1517, nuns returned to Termonfeckin;
Calliaghtown;
Kaylaghton
Kilsaran Preceptory Knights Templar
founded 12th century by Matilda de Lacy;
dissolved 1308-10; granged to Richard de Burgo, Earl of Ulster;
Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1314, probably surrendered to the Hospitallers by Richard de Burgo
dissolved after 1515;
held by Sir Oliver Plunkett by 1541;
granted to Sir Thomas Plunkett, Lord of Louth 1570; apparently subsequently passed to the Bellew family
Cell-sarain
Knock Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded before 1148 Donough O'Carroll, King of Oriel and Edan O'Kelly (later, bishop of Clogher);
church consecrated 1148;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir James Gernon of Killencowle, who surrendered it 1558
St Peter and St Paul
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Cnoc-na-sengan
Linns Monastery early monastic site, founded before 700 by Colman (Mocholmoc)
captured by the Norsemen 841, who built a fortress at the site;
(some references mistake Linns for Magheralin, County Down)
Linn-duachail;
Linn-hUachaille
Louth Priory early monastic site, founded 5th century, possibly by St Patrick for St Mochta, a Briton;
frequently plundered and destroyed by Norsemen and by others;
Edan O'Kelly, Bishop of Oriel, translated his see from Clogher to Louth, monastery elevated to cathedral status;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1140-8;
burnt 1148;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
refounded 1148 by Donough O'Carroll, King of Oriel, and Edan O'Kelly; (probably remained Arroasian until 13th century);
burnt 1152;
burnt 1160;
burnt and laid waste 1166;
see translated to Clogherc.1192;
Augustinian Canons Regular
13th century?;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior John Wylley (Welle) 20 November 1539; granted to Oliver Plunkett, Baron of Louth 1541; (NM)
St Mary
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Lughmhagh;
Lugmaid;
Lugbad
Louth Abbey Dominican monks
Mellifont Abbey Mellifont Abbey lavabo County Louth Ireland.JPG Cistercian monks
founded 1142, site selected by St Malachy, grtanted by Donough O'Carroll, King of Oriel (buried here);
church consecrated 1157dissolved 1539, surrendered 23 July 1539 by Abbot Richard Contour;
converted into a house 1556;
occupied by Edward More 1566; (NM)
Old Mellifont Abbey;
Fons Mellis;
Mainister-mor-Droichet-Atta;
Drogheda
Mellifont Nunnery Cistercian? nuns
foundation and status unknown;
dissolved c.1228
Monasterboice Abbey MonasterboiceAbbey.JPG early monastic site, monks
founded before 523 (or before 519) by St Buite;
plundered 970 by Domnall, King of Ireland;
Benedictine monks?
10th century — Danish converts
Monaster-buite;
Manister
Monasterboice Nunnery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 523 (or before 519) by St Buite, separate from the monks site
Roosky Priory Knights Templar?
possible preceptory — property here owned by the knights
The Priory
Templetown Camera Knights Templar
founded late 12th century, manor granted by Matilda de Lacy;
dissolved 1308-11;
Knights Hospitaller
apparently managed by Kilsaran Preceptory, supra
dissolved after 1515?
Ballug;
Coly;
Cooley;
Cowley
Rosmakea (to the south of Dundalk) - Franciscan Friars here for a time
Termonfeckin Abbey early monastic site, founded 7th century (665?) by St Feching of Fore;
plundered 1025;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian, possible double-monastery with nuns
refounded c.1144, probably by Donchad (or Donough) O'Carroll, King of Oriel, at the behest of St Malachy and Bishop Edan O'Kelly;
dissolved before 1195, church of St Fechin in parochial use, conventual church dedicated to St Mary;
Augustinian nunsArroasian
before 1195
dependent on Odder;
refounded c.1383?
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Mary Hubbard, Abbess;
leased to Catherine Bruton 1578
St Mary

The following location in County Louth lacks monastic connection:
* Knock Abbey [notes 194]



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County Mayo[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Mayo edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Aghagower Abbey AghagowerAbbey&RoundTower.jpg early monastic site, Patrician monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
Augustinian Canons Regular
Aughagower;
Achad-fobuir;
Achad-fabhair
Aghamore Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick for Loam Achad-mor;
Aghavower
Airne Monastery early monastic site, probably founded 5th century, in the time of St Patrick Ciaraige Airne
Annagh 'Abbey', Kilmaine Augustinian nunsArroasian — from Cong
cell, dependent on Kilcreevanty;
founded before 1440;
dissolved before 1543? - Augustinian Friars?[notes 195]
Franciscan Friars?
possibly occupied site after suppression of the nunnery
Annies;
Any;
Enach
Annagh, Costello Augustinian Canons Regular
supposed cell dependent on Cong;
possible confusion with Annagh, Kilmaine
Ardnaree Friary, Ballina ArdnareeFriary.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded before 1400 by the O'Dowda family;
partial collapse and rebuilding, possibly refounded by Tagd O'Dowda;
dissolution unknown, friars thought to have retained until 1577-82, remaining in the vicinity up to late 18th century
Ardnary;
Arnacensis
Balla Monastery BallaRoundTower.jpg early monastic site, founded before 637 by St Mochua (Cronan);
burned 780;
coarbs into 13th century
Balna
Ballentully Monastery ~ unknown order and foundation;
given as Franciscan Friars — evidence lacking
Ballintully
possibly Turlough (q.v.)
possibly Ballintober (q.v.)
Ballina Monastery unknown order and foundation — (Augustinian Canons Regular if Ardnaree) probably Ardnaree (q.v.)
Ballinasmale Friary BallinasmaleFriary.jpg Carmelite Friars
founded 1288-9 by the Prendergast family;
dissolved 1605?; granted to Sir John King c.1605-6;
passed to Francis Barkly 1585;
convent restored by c.1737;
dissolved 1870
St Mary
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Ballinasmall;
Ballinsmaula;
Baile-an-smallie;
Vallis Mallis?
Ballinrobe Priory Ballinrobe Priory East Window 2010 09 17.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded c.1312? probably by a de Burgo, possibly Elizabeth de Clare (also suggestedly Maurice Fitzgerald)
dissolved c.1584?;
Augustinian Friars
restored after 1641 rebellion
Baile-an-rodhba;
Robe
Ballinrobe St John the Baptist Knights Hospitaller
member of the Priory of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
Ballintubber Abbey + BallintubberAbbey.jpg early monastic site, founded 5th century, in the time of St Patrick - Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1216 by Cathal (Crobderg) O'Conor, King of Connacht;
burned 1265;
surrendered (nominally) to Henry VIII by Abbot Walter Mac Evilly de Stanton 1542;
dissolved c.1585;
part granted to Sir John King 1605;
Augustinian Friars
apparently refounded c.1635-1653;
restored 1966; (NM)
The Holy Trinity
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Ballintober;
Baile-an-tobair;
Tobar-patraic;
Ville Fontis Patricii;
de Fonte Patricii
Ballyhaunis Friary *= BallyhaunisFriary.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded c.1430 supposedly by the Angulos (the Nangle-Mac Costello family), traditionally by a descendant of Jordan Dubh Mac Costello;
granted to the Earl of Clanricarde 1570;
friars permitted to remain;
dissolved c.1586?, land surrendered by the Mac Costello to Theobald Dillon;
dissolved c.1608?;
Augustinian Friars
restored after the Irish Rebellion 1641;
burned 1650;
restored 1938; extant
The Blessed Virgin Mary;
The Immaculate Conception
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'The Abbey' ;
Bellafamensis;
Hanrahannassa
Ballyhean Monastery early monastic site, supposedly founded 5th century by St Patrick Bel-athat-hein;
Ballyheane
Burriscarra Abbey BurriscarraAbbey.jpg early monastic site
Carmelite Friars
founded 1298, probably by Adam, son of Philip de Staunton;
dissolved c.1377, abandoned for over 30 years;
Augustinian Friars
founded 1413, granted at the instance of the descendants of the founder, consent by the Maurice, Archbishop of Tuam, with papal approval 1413;
Buirghes-ceinn-trachta;
Borriscara;
Burgakere;
Burgoflore
Burriscarra Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 196] Buires Ceara;
Cera;
Leighcarrow-clondore (Clondaver)
Burrishoole Friary Burrishoole Friary SE 2007 08 13.jpg Dominican Friars
founded c.1469 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough, Lord Mac William Oughter, who died here, papal consent 1486;
dissolved 1580; granted to Nicholas Weston and assigned to Theobald Viscount Costillogalen;
restored;
dissolved c.1606; granted to John King of Dublin 1606
St Mary
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'Burrishoole Abbey' ;
Barasoule;
Borisol;
Buresula
Carheen Friary suggested Dominican Friars before moving to Urlaur
Carn Abbey unknown order, foundation and period, "Abbey in ruins"[notes 197]
Cell Tog Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by Cainnech, bishop and monk of St Patrick Cellola Tog
Church Island Monastery, Lough Carra early monastic site, founded by St Finan[notes 198] Rathen
Clare Island Abbey Clare Island Abbey SW 1997 09 10.jpg Cistercian monks
founded by 1224;
convent driven off by pirates
became cell of Abbeyknockmoy after 1224
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?;
probably place of refuge for Carmelite Friars with other orders late 16th and 17th century
Saint Brigid's Abbey
The Blessed Virgin Mary (from 1254)
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'the Abbey' ; 'Friary' (1605)
Mainister-ni-clarch;
Cliara;
Cleara;
Clara;
Insula Maris;
Oilen-ui-maile
Cong Abbey CongAbbey.jpg early monastic site, founded 624 by Domnal, son of Aedh;
diocesan cathedral 1111 (diocese not recognised by the synod of Kells)
burnt 1114;
Augustinian Canons Regular
refounded c.1134? by Turlough O'Conor;
burnt 1137;
new monastery built by Rory, Turlough's son;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
adopted probably soon after 1140;
dissolved before 1568?; granted to William Collier 1571;
granted to the town of Athenry 1597;
possibly Augustinian Friars (if Crenquerensis (see immediately below)); (NM)
Cunga-Feichin;
Conga
Crenquerensis Friary Augustinian Friars
possibly located in County Galway, probably Cong, former house of Augustinian Canons (see immediately above)
Cong?
Cross Priory Cross Priory in front of Inishglora 2013 09 09.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular 153,168
founded as a daughter house of Ballintuber, possibly in connection with the early foundation at Inishglora whose community possibly moved to the mainland in the 10th century, confirmed 1400, dissolved c.1584
St Brendan, Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Cross


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Cross in Mullet;
Cross-rathig;
Crossrayn

Crossmolina Priory possible early monastic site 10th century;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after c.1270;
dependent on Ballybeg;
non-conventual by 1438;
given as conventual cell 1444
dissolved c.1584?
The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Mainishir Taobh Thiar do Shruth;
Crossmalyne
Cros-Maoiliona;
Cros-mail-fhina;
Cresmuylyana;
Crossmolina Abbey

Davaghkeiran Monastery early monastic site, 'Abbey'[notes 199] Dabach-cieran;
Dabaghkieran
Domnach-mor Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick
Duvillaun Monastery early monastic site, Anchorites
Emlagh Monastery early monastic site Imleach-each;
possibly Emlagh, County Roscommon
Errew Abbey ErrewAbbey.jpg early monastic site
Augustinian Canons Regular
priory cell dependent on Crossmolina?
founded c.1413? by the Barret family
dissolved c.1585?
Augustinian Friars
mentioned 1463;
monastery/friary 1585-6;
friary 1605
St Tigernan
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Aireach-lochacon;
Aired-locha-con;
Erew;
Loch Conn;
Oired;
Oreab;
Temple-na-galliach-dhub;
Erevensis in Connacht?
Errew Friary ø purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regularevidence lacking
Errew Nunnery nuns
order, status, foundation and dissolution unknown
Fochlud Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded 5th century by St Patrick; Fochloth
High Island Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century; (NM) Ard Oilean
Inishglora Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded before 577-83 by St Brendan;
probably transferred 10th century to Cross, supra, due to raids by the Norsemen
St Brendan
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Inis Gulair Brenaind
Inishkea North early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille? Inis-ce
Inishmaine Abbey InishmaineAbbey.jpg early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Corbmac;
possibly Benedictine nuns (unless not united with Kilcreevanty until after its adoption of Augustinian rule);
Augustinian nunsArroasian[notes 200] — possibly from Annaghdown;
[?re-]founded after 1223 (after 1227?);
dependent on Kilcreevanty
dissolved c.1587?; (NM)
Inis-medhon;
Inis-meadhoin;
Inis-meadhon;
Inchmean
Inishrobe Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille? Inis-rodba
Inishturk Monastery # early monastic site, supposedly founded 7th century by St Colman;
Friars
possible place of refuge
Inis-torc;
Inis-tuirc
Kilfinain Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Finan, Abbot of Rathen; church in the monastery of Rathen
Kilgharvan Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore Cell-garbhain;
Kilnegarvan
Kilkeny Friary ≈~ purported Friars, possibly Franciscan Friars, name possibly an alias for another house Kylkeny;
Kilveny
Killala Monastery + KillalaRoundTower.jpg Patrician monks
founded 5th century, purportedly by St Patrick; diocesan cathedral 1111 to present
Aladh;
Cell-aladh
Killedan Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual or Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular;
existing into 19th century if Mons Pietatis
Mons Pietatis?
Killeen Cell, Attymas Premonstratensian Canons[notes 201] possibly Killeentrynode
Killeenatrava Nunnery Augustinian nunsArroasian — apparently from Cong;
possibly initially a cell of Cong, founded after 1223;
dependent on Kilcreevanty after 1223-4;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth
'Kill-ecrau;
Kill-eenacrava;
Cillin-na-mbuiden
Killeenbrenan Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular — possibly brethren and sisters;
founded before 1426, possibly by a de Burgo;[notes 202]
dissolved 1574;
granted to Thomas Lewis 5 April 1574;
granted to the burgesses and commonalty of Athenry and/or the burgesses and commonalty of Galway, 1578
Killina Bonaina;
Kilbrenan
Killeentrynode Cell Premonstratensian Canons
founded 1260;
daughter of Loughkea;
probably non-conventual;
dubiously suggested Premonstratensian nuns;
dissolved before 1594
The Holy Trinity
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Killetrynode;
Killyn Abbey;
Killeen
Teampull na gCailmat;
Templenagalliaghdoo;
Teampall na gCailleach Dubh;
(Church of the Black Veiled Nuns)
Kilmaine Monastery Kilmaine Old Church 2010 09 17.jpg Gaelic monks, purportedly founded 5th century by St. Patrick;
became prebendal church of Tuam
Cell-medhon
Kilmore Monastery early monastic site Kilmore by Termoncarragh;
Teampall na Cille More
Kilmore-Moy Monastery early monastic site, probably founded 5th century Cell-mor-ochtair-muaide;
Cell-mor-muaide;
Kilmormoyle
Kilnamanagh Friary ø purported Franciscan Friars — evidence lacking Cell-na-manach
Kilroe Monastery early monastic site, founded c.5th century Cell-ro;
Cell-roe-mor
Kilunagher Monastery early monastic site, founded c.7th century by St Lunecharia (Luineachair) Cell-lunechuir;
Killukin
Kilveny Friary ≈~ purported Franciscan Friars — evidence lacking Kilreny;
Kilkeny;
Kilkenny
Kinlough Monastery early monastic site, founded c.8th century Ceann-lacha;
Cenn-lacha
Knock Carmelite Monastery Carmelite nuns Monastery of the Nativity, Tranquilla, Knock
Knockor Friary ~ foundation, order and dissolution unknown;
granted to John Rawson 1594
Knocknor
Lia na Manach Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded 5th century by St Patrick Leac-fionnbaile;
Lecc-finn
Mayo Abbey MayoAbbey.jpg early monastic site, Anglo-Saxon monks
founded c.671 by St Colman of Lindisfarne;
supposed Benedictine monks — evidence lacking
diocesan cathedral
see transferred from Clogher 1152;
see transferred to Clogher c.1192;
Augustinian Canons Regular
secular college founded c.1209;
abbey status c.1370, confirmed by the pope;
dissolved after 1569; granted to John Rawson 1594; Benedictine 109
St Michael
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Mageo;
Magneo;
Temple Gerald;
Elitheria
Mayo Nunnery nuns
founded 7th century?
possibly Domnach Kerne or Domnach-ceirne
Meelick Monastery MeelickRoundTower.jpg early monastic site Mil-eac
Moyne Abbey Moyneabbey.jpg possibly Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual?
founded before 24 March 1455 by Lord Mac William de Burgo, purportedly at the instance of Father Nehemias O'Donohue,[notes 203] or 1458 by Thomas de Burgo, MacWilliam (or by a Baret[notes 204] or Barry[notes 205]);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed (or founded) 1455;[notes 206]-60;[notes 207]
dissolved 1590, burnt by Bingham;
ruinous by 1595; granted to Edmund Barrett;
friars remained until another house was built in the vicinity[notes 208] (see immediately below)
Maighin;
Maigne;
Magyn;
Moyen;
Muaidhe
Moyne Friary Observant Franciscan Friars — from Moyne Abbey (see immediately above)
founded 1618
Murrisk Abbey MurriskAbbey.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded 1456, papal mandate for Hugh O'Malley, friar at Banada, to be licensed to build a monastery;
Observant
reformed 1458;
dissolved 1578, friars expelled; granted to James Garvey;
friars apparently later returned;
Leithearwmursge;
Muirisce;
Morasque;
Morisk
Murrisk Friary erroneously purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 209][notes 210]
Oughaval Monastery # early monastic site, purportedly founded 6th century by St Colmcille[notes 211] Nuachongbhail
Partry Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century?, in the time of St Colmcille? Obdacheara;
Partraighe-ceara;
Odbhacheara in Partragia
Rathfran Priory RathfranFriary.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1274, purportedly by a de Exeter[notes 212] (Dexter), possibly Steven de Exeter[notes 213] or Sir Richard de Exeter,[notes 214] or by a de Burgo,[notes 215] possibly William de Burgo;[notes 216]
dissolved 1590, burned by Bingham's army; granted to William Taaffe 1596;
(later history v. O'Heyne, Burgo, Coleman, RSAI and Mould)
Priory of the Holy Cross
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Rathbran;
Raithbrain;
Rahrany
Rosserk Friary RosserkFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
foudned before December 1441
dissolved c.1578; lease granted to James Garvey;
possibly later restored and dissolved 1590, burned by Bingham; granted to Edmond Barret 1595;
suggested Observant Franciscan Friars[notes 217]
Ros-erc;
Roisent;
Rosserick
St Derivla's Monastery early monastic site, probably founded 6th century by St Dairbhile
Shrule Monastery early monastic site Sruthair;
Cloghuanaha
Strade Friary StradeFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1240 (before 1252) by Jordan de Exeter, Lord of Athelthane or his son Stephen, at the bequest of the former's wife Basilia, daughter of Miler de Bermingham;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reform adopted unknown date
dissolved 1252;
Dominican Friars
refounded 1252 or 1253;
dissolved 1578?
The Holy Cross
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Straide;
Sraid;
Ath-leathan;
Ath-leayn;
'Ballylahan;
Templemore
Turlough Monastery TurloughRoundTower.jpg early monastic site, possibly founded 5th century by St Patrick;
probably ceased to be monastic long before church pillaged by Mac William 1236
Turlach
Urlaur Abbey Dominican monks
founded c.1430 by the Angulo (Nagle) family (later assuming the name MacCostello), papal license granted 1434;
dissolved 1612; granted to Sir Edward Fisher;
later granted to Lord Dillon (Viscount Costello-Gallen), a Catholic, who permitted a community of friars;
dissolved c.1654
The Abbey Church of Saint Thomas, Urlaur
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Urlare;
Orlare;
Orlare;
Owrelare



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County Meath[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Meath edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ardbraccan Monastery Ardbrchurch.jpg early monastic site Arda-Breaain
Ardsallagh Monastery early monastic site Ard-Brendomnaich;
Airdleac;
Eascair-Branain
Argetbor Monastery early monastic site, Patrician monks
Athboy Friary =+ Carmelite Friars
founded 1317, license to grant land granted 17 October 1317;
dissolved 1539; occupied by farmer Thomas Casey 1540;
not in the list of restored convents c.1737;
site now occupied by C.I. parish church
Athbuidhe;
Aboy;
Beallabuy
Ballyboggan Priory Ballyboggan-Abbey.JPG Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1200?, supposedly by Jordan Comin;
dissolved 1537, surrendered by Prior Thomas Bermingham 15 October 1537;
church found to be parochial by 1540; granted to Sir William Bermingham, Baron of Carbrie, 1541
Thoe Holy Trinity
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Baile-ua-bhogain;
Balibagan;
de Laude Dei
Bective Abbey Bective Abbey.jpg Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1147 by Murchad O Melaghlin, King of Meath, colonized 14 January 1147;
dissolved 6 May 1536; held by John Alen, Lord Chancellor;
granted to Andrew Wyse, vice-treasurer c.1552;
Alexander Fitton also given as grantee; Bartholomew Dillon given as assignee;[notes 218] (NM)
Beatidudo Dei;
Becco Dei;
Bectiffe;
Brime;
Lie-trede
Beybeg Cell Cistercian monks — from Beaubec, France
founded before 1216, manor granted by Walter de Lacy to the monks of St Mary and St Laurence de Bellow Becco, confirmed by Henry III;
mistaken reference to Benedictines;[notes 219]
dissolved 1332, granted to Furness by license 1332;
granted to Thomas Cusak 1560
Beaubec;
Bebeke;
de Bello Loco
Calliaghstown Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian — from Duleek?
dependent on Clonard-Odder;
founded after 1195?, church confirmed to the nuns of Clonard 1195;
church possibly shared by canons and canonesses possibly from c.1144 (in the time of St Malachy);
dissolved before 1500?, probably abandoned before 1500
St Mary
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Callystown
Castlekeeran Monastery early monastic site, founded 8th century by St Ciaran;
plundered by Norsmen 949;
burned by MacMurrough 1170
Caislen-Ciaran;
Belach-duin
Clonard Abbey early monastic site, founded c.520 by St Finnian;
diocesan cathedral 1111;
translated to Trim 1202;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded before 1146 (probably 1144);
dissolved 1202?;
St Peter
Clonard Abbey

Augustinian CanonessesArroasian
founded 1144 by Murchad O'Melaghlin, ruler of Meath, at the instance of St Malachy;
cell, dependent on Odder from before 1384;
dissolved before 1535?, possibly abandoned before 1535; leased to Gerald FitzGerald 1540

St Mary
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Cluain-Iraird
Clonard Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — probably from St Thomas's, Dublin
founded c.1183 (between 1183 and 1186) by Hugh de Lacy;
cathedral priory;
dissolved 1202?
St John
Clonard Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1202?, St Peter's Abbey and St John's Priory united;
dissolved 1540
SS Peter and John
Clonguffin Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded before 760 by St Fintana? Cluain-cuibhtin;
Cluain-cuifthin
Collumbus Monastery early monastic site
possibly located in County Meath
Colp Cell Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
dependent on Llanthony Prima;
founded after 1183? by Hugh de Lacy;
dissolved 1540; granted to Henry Draycott 1559
Colps;
Culpe
Courtown Friary Franciscan Friars[notes 220]
Dall Bronig Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century?[notes 221]
Disert-moholmoc Monastery ~≈ early monastic site, possibly located in County Meath possibly Staholmog, infra
Diore-mac-Aidmecain Monastery ~ early monastic site, nuns, founded 6th century (in the time of St Finnian of Clonard) St Lassara the virgin
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Dairemacnaidmecain
Donacarney Monastery nuns, ruins purportedly a nunnery[notes 222] Domnach-cairne;
Donnygarney
Donaghmore Monastery DonaghmoreChurch Meath.JPG early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick for Cruimthir Cassan (St Cassanus), reputedly Patrick's first foundation in Ireland;
erenaghs up to late 11th century;
church became parochial after 1171;
remains of later church and round tower on site
Domnach-mor-maige-echnach;
Domnach-torten;
Bile-torten
Donaghpatrick Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, land granted by Conall mac Niall;
burned 750;
raided a number of times by the Norsemen;
plundered by Dermot MacMurrough 1156;
church became parochial after 1171;
site now occupied by St Patrick's C.I. church
Domnach-patraice;
Donogh-patrick
Donaghseery Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick) Domnach-sairigi
Donor Friary, ~ Killaconnigan parish Dominican Friars
founded by 1636
Druim-corcortri Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick for Diarmait
Druimfinchoil Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by Columb and Lugad
Druimmacubla Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick)? Druim-maccu-blai
Dulane Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century?;
plundered by the Norsemen 886;
plundered by MacMurrough and his knights 1170;
church became parochial after 1171
Tuilean;
Tuileim;
Tulleean
Duleek Monastery early monastic site, founded before 489 by St Cianan;
diocesan cathedral 1111;
merged to Meath after 1152?
Dam-liac;
Doimliag
Duleek, St Mary's Abbey =+ Tower of St. Mary's Church, Duleek - geograph.org.uk - 757989.jpg Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
priory founded after 1140 by O'Kelly, probably Muircertach O'Kelly, King of Bregha;
probably double monastery Augustinian Canons Regular and nunsArroasian
dependent on Clonard;
founded after 1144;
church confirmed to the nuns of Clonard 1195;
dissolved after 1195, nuns probably transferred to Calliaghstown;
raised to abbey status c.1290;
dissolved 1537; granted to Edward Becke for 21 years 28 January 1548;
lease passed to John Parker 1564;
remains incorporatated into C.I. parish church built on site
Duleek, St Michael's Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Llanthony Secunda;
founded c.1180 by Hugh de Lacy;
dissolved before 1538?;
rented by Thomas Cusak and others
St Michael
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Cell of St Cianan
Duleek Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller frankhouse
Dunboyne Cell Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Mullingar;
founded after 1230?;
dissolved after 1350
Dun-buinne
Dunshaughlin Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by Senchall (St Secundus) Domnach-sechnaill
Emlagh Monastery early monastic site, probably founded by a St Beccan (though not Beccan of Cluiain-ard);
church becoming parochial after 1171
Imleach-Beccain;
Imblech-fia
Feart-Cearbain Monastery ~ early monastic site Ferta-cerbain;
Ferta-cherpain
Fennor Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Nectan? Finnabair-abha;
Finnabrach
Gormanston Friary * Franciscan Friars;
founded 1947;
opened as a secondary school 1954;
in use as a Franciscan college;
extant
Indeidnen Monastery early monastic site, founded before 849;
erenaghs into 11th century
Indenen;
Inan
Inishmot Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Mochta Inis-mochta
Kells Monastery early monastic site
purportedly founded 6th century by St Colmcille — evidence lacking
founded by c.804;
diocesan cathedral 1152;
merged with Meath c.1211;
becoming a parochal church
secular college, perpetual chantry in the church;
dissolved 1549
Kells Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded after 1140 (1140-8), at the instance of St Malachy;
Augustinian nunsArroasian
founded after 1144, confirmed to the nuns of Clonard;
(possibly a double monastery)
nuns probably transferred to Calliaghstown 1195;
destroyed by the Anglo-Normans 1176, who proceeded to build a castle, destroyed later that year;
apparently refounded by Hugh de Lacy;
dissolved 11 November 1539, surrendered by Abbot Richard Plunkett; granted to Sir Gerald Fleminge 1541
St Mary
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Ceanannus-mor;
Cenandas;
Kenan;
kenlis
Kells Priory purported Knights Hospitaller — probable confusion with Crutched Friars' house (see immediately below) St John
Kells Priory Hospital Crutched Friars
founded before 1199 (during the reign of Richard I) by Walter de Lacy, Lord of Meath;
(erroneously attributed as Trinitarians)
dissolved 1539; granted to Richard Slayne 1566
St John the Baptist
Kilbrew Monastery early monastic site, founded by 7th century;
possibly dissolved after 1018 when many were slain
Cell-fobrich;
Cell-foirbrich
Kilbride Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
priory? dependent on Trim;
founded after 1144, confirmed to nuns of Clonard 1195;
probably dissolved sometime after 1310
St Brigid
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Trim, St Brigid
Kildalkey Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mo-Luog;
burned 779;
extant 888
Cell-deilge;
Cell-delga
Kilglin Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
extant 842
Celldumagluinn;
Kildumhagloinn
Killabban Monastery ~ early monastic site founded 6th century by St Abban Cell-abbain
Killaconnigan Friary Dominican Friars? possibly Donore (supra)
Killaine Monastery ~ early monastic site, nuns;
founded by St Enda for his sister Fanchea
Cell-aine
Killalga Monastery ~ early monastic site, supposedly located in County Meath[notes 223] Cell-elge;
Cell-elga
Kilmainhambeg Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1199 (during the reign of Richard I) by Walter de Lacy, Lord of Meath;
dissolved 1499;
ruinous by 1588;
leased to Sir Patrick Barnewell (renewed 1585 and 1590)
Kilmaynanbeg
Kilmainham Wood Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
purportedly founded after 1212 by the Prestons;
probably farmed out 14th century;
dissolved before 1500?; lease granted to Callough O'More
Kilmainhamwood Commandery;
Kylmaynanwood;
Kilmaynanwood
Kilmoon Monastery early monastic site, probably founded 6th century (in the time of St Brendan of Clonfert) by St Moinne (Munni), a Briton;
extant 885
St Moinne
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Cell-monai;
Cell-moinne
Kilshine Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 597? by St Abban for St Segnich (Sinchea)
Cell-ailbe;
Cell-sinche;
Techsinche
Kilskeer Monastery early monastic site, monks and nuns?;
possible double monastery;
founded 6th century (in the time of St Colmcille) by Schiria;
possibly monks only from 8th century
Cell-scire;
Killskyre
Leckno Monastery early monastic site, founded by 750 Lecknagh;
Leckne;
possibly Piercetown
Lismullin Priory Augustinian nuns
founded c.1240 by Avicia de la Corner (Avice de Lacortier, widow), sister of Richard, Bishop of Meath, who granted the church and manors;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir Thomas Cusack 1547
The Holy Trinity
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Las-mullen;
Les-mullen;
Lois-mullen;
Kilmullan
Lough Sheelin Monastery early monastic site, founded possbly 6th century by St Carthag, bishop Inisvachtuir;
Inisuachtair;
Church Island
Lough Sheelin Friary Friars, possible place of refuge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth
Mornington Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Baile-mernain;
Villa Maris;
Marinerstown
Navan Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded before 1170?, probably on site of earlier monastery (see immediately below), church confirmed to the canons by John de Courcy;
surrendered 19 July 1538 by Abbot Thomas Waffe;
dissolved 1539;
church in parochial use by 1540;
occupancy by John Brokes 1540-1
St Mary
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An Uaim;
Nuachongbail;
Novbain;
Uaim
Navan Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century;
Augustinian Canons house probably founded on site (see immediately above)
Newtown Trim Cathedral Priory NewtownTrimCathedral.JPG Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine — possibly from St Thomas's Abbey, Dublin
founded 1202 by Simon Rochfort, Bishop of Meath, who translated the see here from Clonard;
dissolved 1536, suppressed 1 May 1536
SS Peter and Paul
Newtown Trim Priory Hospital Crutched Friars
founded after 1206?, possibly by the Bishop of Meath;
dissolved 1539; occupier Sir Thomas Cusake 1540-2
The Priory Hospital of St John the Baptist
Odder Priory dedication infers early monastic site, nuns
Augustinian nunsArroasian
priory founded c.1144?, confirmed to the nuns of Clonard by Pope Celestine III 1195;
raised to abbey status c.1383;
dissolved 1539;
church parochial by 1540;
under occupancy of Nicholas Stanyhurst 1540;
leased to James Stanihurst 1557
St Brigid
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Odra
Oristown Monastery early monastic site, cella founded by St Finbar of Cork, site granted by a local chieftain Raith-airthir
Piercetown Monastery early monastic site Leckno;
Lecknagh;
Leckne;
Pyerston Laundy
Rathaige Monastery early monastic site, possibly located in County Meath Raithaidme
Rath-becain Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by St Abban;
possibly located in County Meath
Rathbeggan;
Rathbeg
Rathmore Abbey ø "Abbey"[notes 224]not a monastic church, apparently parochial Ballyboy
Rathossain Monastery early monastic site, founded before 686 by St Ossain Rathosain
Ratoath Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular
cell? dependent on St Thomas's Abbey, Dublin?, possibly a hospital maintained by the canons;
founded before c.1300?;
dissolved after 1456
St Mary Magdalene
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Rath-outhe;
Ratouth
Russagh Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by St Caeman (Coeman) Brec Ros-eac;
Ros-each;
Clonabreny
Silverstream Priory Benedictine Monks
founded 2012 by Dom Mark Daniel Kirby
Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle
Skreen Monastery early monastic site
founded before late 9th century;
plundered 974 and 986;
plundered by the foreigners from Dublin 1037;
plundered by the men of Teathbha 1058;
plundered by the Ui Briuin 1152;
granted to St Mary's Abbey, Dublin 1185-6
Scrin-coluim-cille;
Scrinium;
Shrine;
Skryne;
Acall;
Achall
Skreen Friary #,
nr. Tara
Augustinian Friars
founded 1341, 99-year lease of land granted by Lord Francis de Feipo;
dissolved 1539; granted to Thomas Cusack 1542; (NM)
Hill of Skreen Monastery
Skreen Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Clonard
founded after 1144;
confirmed to the nuns of Clonard 1195;
dissolved before 1240?, probably abandoned before the founding of Lismullin;
passed to Odder late 14th century
St Mary
Slane Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick;
hermitage attributed to St Erc;
plundered by the Norsemen 833;
probably dissolved before 1170;
plundered 1156, 1161 and 1170
Slaine;
Slainge;
Ferta-fer-feac
Slane Friary SlaneFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 31 August 1512, license obtained by Christopher Fleming, Baron of Slane, and his wife Elizabeth Stuckly for the hermitage of St Erc to be granted in perpetuity to Franciscans Father Malachy O'Bryen and Brother Donagh O'Bryen who were resident there;
dissolved 1540, before 1548; granted to Sir James Fleming 12 November 1543;
granted to James, Lord of Slayne 1546; occupied by James Fleming 1548;
priests and prelates continued in residency after suppression;
Capuchin Franciscan Friars
founded 1641;
dissolved 1650; (NM)
Staholmog Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colman[notes 225] Disert-Moholmoc;
Tech-Moholmog
Tara Monastery early monastic site, founded before 504, possibly by St Partick for Cerpan, a convert of his, later bishop here Fert-cherpain at Temuir
Tara Hospice Knights Hospitaller
founded by 1212: church confirmed to the knights;
hospice extant 1331
Cardomiston
Teltown Monastery early monastic site, founded before 723 Tailltui;
Cell-talten;
Cell-tailtean;
Kiltalton
Trevet Monastery early monastic site, founded before 563, probably by St Colmcille;
burned by Donnechadh O Caroroll 1145;
plundered by the Ui Briuin 1152
Treoit;
Treod;
Trefoit;
Tryvet
Trim Abbey early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, site granted by Feidlimid, son of Loiguire;
diocesan cathedral 1202;
early monastic site, nuns 407 later? Kilbride?
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140;
probably Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
probably adopted 1144 at the instance of St Malachy;
burned 1108 by Conor O'Melaghlin;
destroyed before 1186;
restored/rebuilt by de Lacy (probably Hugh de Lacy) before 1188-91;
burnt 1203;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir Anthony Leger, the king's deputy, 1542;
converted into a Protestant school 18th century; (NM)
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Trim
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Talbot Castle
Trim Blackfriars Dominican Friars
founded 1263, probably by Geoffrey de Geneville, Lord of Meath, later friar and buried here, or by Hussey, Baron of Galtrim, benefactor and buried here;
dissolved 1540;
occupied by David Flody, farmer, 1548
friars remained in the district, acquiring a new house at Donor, supra, by 1636
St Mary
Trim Friary # Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1282?, possibly by William, Rufus de Burgo or the Plunkets, hospital possibly granted to the friars;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed not later than 1506;
dissolved 1540; granted to three persons 1542;
occupied by John Hamond 1548;
convent recommended for restoration 1544;
suppressed by the Protestants and converted into a court house;
abandoned until another house built 1609
St Bonavente or St Francis
Trim Crutched Friars ~ duplication of Newtown Trim Crutched Friary, supra[notes 226]
Trim Carmelite Friars given in Rinuccini list - evidence lacking
Tullyard Monastery ~ early monastic site,
collapse of round tower c.1760[notes 227]
Tullaghard
Villa Britone ~≈? given in taxation of 1302-6 — yet to be identified - foundation, order and period unknown Villa Bruton



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County Monaghan[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Monaghan edit)



Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Carrickmacross Monastery early monastic site, founded before 845 Cell-rois;
Feara-rois
Clochensis Friary ~≈? Augustinian Friars
possibly Clones former house of Augustinian Canons (see immediately below)
Clockensis;
Clochensis in Connacht;
Clones
Clones Abbey early monastic site, Gaelic monks, founded before 549/50 by St Tigernach
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140?
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
reformed c.1144?;
dissolved after 1586?; granted to Sir Henry Duke
possibly later Augustinian Friars (if Clokensis (see immediately above))
SS Peter and Paul
St Tighernach
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'St Tierney' ;
Wee Abbey;
Cluain-eois;
Cluan-auis;
Clunes;
Cluniscense;
Clokensis?
Clontibret Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns, patronised by St Colman;
termon land 1591
Cluain-tiprat
Connabury Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns, founded before 740 Gort-chonaigh
Donagh Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks;
erenagh 1542
Domnachmaighe-da-chlaoine;
Dumthomuach
Donaghmoyne Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick;
plundered by Norsemen 832
Domnach-maigen
Drumsnat Monastery early monastic site, patronised by St Molua Druim-snechta
Errigal Trough Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks Airecal-muadain
Inniskeen Monastery Inniskeenroundtower.jpg early monastic site, founded before 587;
burned 789;
plundered 948;
possibly not surviving after 10th century;
burned 1166
Inis-cain-dega;
Inis-kin;
Innishkeen
Killeevan Abbey supposed monastic site — order and period unknown; remains of "Abbey" church — possibly legendary
Kilmore Monastery ~ early monastic site
burned 749
St Aedan
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Cell-mor of Aedan
Loughbawn Abbey purported "Abbey" site
Monaghan Friary = Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1462 (during the reign of Feidhlimidh Mac Mathgamna (Phelim MacMahon), King of Oriel) on the site of the early monastery (see immediately above);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1567;
dissolved 1588-9, destroyed by the English 1589; granted to Edward Withe;
fortified mansion built from the friary masonry by Lord Edward Blarney
Monaghan Monastery early monastic site[notes 228]
Franciscan friary built on site 1462 (see immediately below)
Muinechan;
Muineachan;
Mounechan;
Munichane
Muckno Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks;
plundered by the Ulidians 1110;
claimed by Augustinian Friars 17th to 19th century
Mucnamh;
Muck Naimh;
Mucshnamh;
Muckna;
Muckne
Tehellan Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick
Tech-talan;
Tech-talain;
Tyhallan;
Tyholland
Tedavnet Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic nuns
founded 6th century by St Damhnat
Tech-damnata;
Tydavnet
Tullycorbet Monastery early monastic site Tullach-carpait

The following location in County Monaghan lacks monastic connection:

  • Clones 'Abbey': a ruined non-monastic church (NM)


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County Offaly[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Offaly edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Banagher Monastery early monastic site;
church of St Mary built on site, now ruined
Bennchore
Birr Monastery # early monastic site, founded before 573 by St Brendan of Birr;
plundered by the men of Dublin 842;
burned 1167
Biorra;
Birra;
Biror;
Parsonstown
Clareen Monastery founded 6th century St Kieran; Seir Kieran
Cloghan Friary ~ Franciscan Friars
purportedly founded c.1595 by the Lord Deputy, Sir William Russell, who took Cloghan Castle from O'Madden[notes 229]dubious
Clonmacnoise Cathedral and Monastery Clonmacnois viewed from river.jpg early monastic site; diocesan cathedral 1111;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
refounded? c.1144;
dissolved c.1268;
secular college
founded 1459;;
dissolved 1568
Cluain-maccu-nois;
Cluain-mic-nois;
Cluan;
Tipraic, with Eaglais-beaag
Clonmacnoise Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
founded 12th century separate from the cathedral (see immediately above);
dissolution date unknown — later abbots (up to 1384) may have been titular
Clonmacnoise Abbey (nuns) early monastic site, nuns
founded before 1026;
Augustinian nunsArroasian;
dependent on Clonard;
refounded c.1144? by Devorghilla, daughter of Murchad O Melaghlin; St Mary's church rebuilt
dependent on Kilcreevanty 1223;
dissolved after 1500?
St Mary
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Kelbygmieth;
Kellogainechan;
Riaghtalta Kailleach
Clonsast Monastery early monastic site, founded late 7th century by St Bearchan[notes 230] Cluain-Sasta
Cluain-an-dobhair ~ early monastic site, not yet identified, possibly located in County Offaly
Cluain-dachrann Monastery ~ possible chapel or cell of Rahan, possibly founded by St Carthag erroneously Clonrane,[notes 231] County Westmeath
Craebheach Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly founded c.450 by St Trian, disciple of St Patrick
possibly located in County Offaly, site near the River Brosna, possibly near Clonmacnois
Croebheach;
Craibheach
Croghan Monastery early monastic site, founded before 490/492 Cruachan Bri Eli
Drumcullen Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 591, also given located in County Westmeath[notes 232] Druim-cuilinn
Durrow Abbey early monastic site, founded 556 or 565 by St Colmcille, site granted by Aedh mac Brendain, King of Tethba;
burned 1095;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
probable double monastery with Durrow Priory (see immediately below);
founded after 1144? by Murchad O'Melaghlin, possibly at the instance of St Malachy;
burned 1153;
burned twice 1155;
destroyed by the Anglo-Normans 1175;<br /founded after; 310,317
St Mary
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Dermag-coluim-cille;
Diarmag-coluim-cille;
Durmag-coluim-cille;
Dorro;
Dower;
Deevo? (sic. County Westmeath)
Durrow Priory # Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Clonard;
probable double monastery with Durrow Abbey (see immediately above);
founded after 1144? by Murchad O'Melaghlin, possibly at the instance of St Malachy;
dissolved after 1195?, granted to the nuns of Clonard; nuns probably transferred to Killeigh after 1195
St Mary
Gageborough Priory nuns (order unknown)
founded 13th century? by Matilda de Lacy;
dissolution unknonwn
Gallen Priory Gallen Priory Early Monastic Site Pillar West Face from the side 2010 09 10.jpg founded 5th century by St Canoc;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1140-8;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
possibly adopted at the instance of St Malachy;
ruined 1519;
plundered 1531 and 1548;
probably dissolved before/c.1585; granted to Sir Gerald More 1612;
reoccupied after 1620
probably refounded by the MacCoghlans, benefactors
Gallimh;
Galeang;
Galin;
Galynn;
Glinnensis
Kilbian Monastery early monastic site, founded 583,[notes 233] possibly by St Abban,[notes 234] possibly located in County Offaly Kilmbian?
Kilcolgan Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Colgan son of Kellach Cell-colgain
Kilcolman Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Colman Niger (possibly Colman of Duir-mor) Cell-colmain;
Insula Vitae[notes 235]
Kilcomin Monastery early monastic site, founded before 669 Cell-cumain;
Disert Chuimin
Kilcormac Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1406 by Odo (Hugh), son of Nellan Mulloy, buried here;
dissolved before 1579?; granted to George Cowley 1579;
granted to Robert Leicester, probably after 1599
St Mary
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Cell-chormaic;
Kil-carmic;
Kil-marmick;
Frankford
Killagally Monastery early monastic site Kilalga? (County Meath)
Killeigh Priory += early monastic site
abbey founded before 549 by St Sinchell, son of Cenandan;
Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Durrow;
priory founded after 1144?;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
probably adopted before 1148 or after 1163;
dissolved c.1569; granted to John Lee 1576;
temporal possessions granted to Gerald, Earl of Kildare 1578;
church became parochial;
remains incorporated into C.I. parish church
The Holy Cross[notes 236]
St Mary (15th century)
Killeigh Priory (nuns) # Augustinian CanonessesArroasian?
founded after 1195?;
dissolved c.1569?
Killeigh Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1293? (before 1303) by Edward I;
dissolved c.1598, buildings destroyed c.1598; granted to John Allee, friars apparently remained in the area
Observant Franciscan Friars
adopted 1632
Killyon Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded 5th century (after the death of his father) by St Ciaran for his mother, Liedania
Cell-liadain;
Kil-liadhuin
Kilmeelchon Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Gussacht mac Milchon;
extant 883
Cell-mic-milchon
Kinnitty Monastery # early monastic site, possibly founded by 557;
plundered by Norsemen 842;
site possibly marked by a High cross within a churchyard
Lemanaghan Monastery early monastic site, founded c.645-6 by St Managhan?, land granted to the community at Clonmacnoise;
extant 893; apparently extant 1205
St Managhan
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Leith-manchain;
Liath-manchain;
Manchan Leith;
Tuaim nEirc
Lusmagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Cronan Herbosus Campus
Lusmagh Friary ≈ø Franciscan Friars — possibly never established Clochincantualaig?
Lynally Monastery # Columban monks
founded c.590 by St Colman Elo;
burned by Dohmnall mac Murchadh 970
Lann-Elo;
Lann-Eala;
Linnalli;
Lynnealla
Monasteroris Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1325 by John de Bermingham, Earl of Louth;
Observant Franciscan Friars
adopted before 1507;
dissolved after 1542; granted to Nicholas Herbert before 1587
Feoruis;
Macfeorais;
Mainister-oras;
Moitot;
Mortoto;
Thetmoy;
Totmoy;
Tuaith-maigh
Mount St Joseph Abbey * Cistercian monksTrappist — from Mount Melleray Abbey, County Waterford
founded 1878;
extant
Rahan Monastery early monastic site, monks
founded c.590-635, purportedly by Camelacus, Patrician bishop;
great monastery founded by St Carthach (Mochuda);
suggested[notes 237] Augustinian Canons Regular
briefly, possibly after 1171 — improbable and documentary evidence lacking
St Carthach
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Raihen;
Rath-an;
Rath-enin;
Rath-yne
Rathlihen Monastery early monastic site, founded before c.540 by St Illand Rathlipthen;
Rathlibthen
Reynagh Monastery early monastic site, nuns Cell-rignaighe;
Kill-rignaighe;
suggested Kilrane,[notes 238] County Wexford
Seirkieran Priory Seir Kieran Round Tower and Priory Wall 2010 09 09.jpg early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Ciaran;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before c.1170;
dissolved 1568, surrendered 27 December 1568
St Ciaran;
St Mary
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Saiger Chiarain;
Saegir-Querayn;
St Keranus de Sayr
Kieran de Sayr;
Sayrkeran;
Syrkyeran
Tihelly Monastery # early monastic site founded 5th century;
burned 670;
Tihilly;
Tech-telle;
Tech-taille;
Tehelly;
Templekieran



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County Roscommon[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Roscommon edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ardcarn Priory early monastic site, founded 6th century;
diocesan cathedral;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
founded after 1144?;
church possibly shared by Canons and nuns (see immediately below);
dissolved c.1593?; granted to the provost and fellows of Holy Trinity Dublin
Ard-carna;
Ard-charna
Ardcarn Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian?
founded after 1144, possibly by St Malachy;
dependent on Kilcreevanty from before 1223;
church possibly shared by Canons (see immediately above) and nuns;
dissolved c.1590?; granted to Terence (Tirlaughe O'Byrne) 1595;
St Mary
Ardcarn Friary ¤ recorded as Franciscan Friars — no monastic house; Friars of Knockvicar owned land in the parish
Ardsenlis Monastery ~≈ early monastic site, nuns
founded 5th century by St Patrick;
possibly located in County Roscommon
Senlis?
Assylin Monastery early monastic site, founded probably before 563 by St Colmcille;
often mistaken for Inshmacnerin
Eas-mac-n-Eirc;
Eas-ui-fhloinn
Athleague Priory Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
probable cell, dependent on Roscommon;
founded before 1266;
dissolved before 1466, vicarage granted to the prior of Rindown
Athliag-maenagain;
Aghliag
Baslick Monastery early monastic site, probably founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick);
plundered by Norsemen 846
Baisleac-mor;
Basleac
Bellaneeny Friary Camelite Friars
dependent on Eglish;
founded after c.1437;
dissolved c.1567, possibly abandoned by the Carmelites; leased to Edmund O'Fallon of Athlone 1575;
Franciscan Friars?
possibly in occupation 16th century (during the reign of Elizabeth I)
Baleanany;
Bealaneny;
Belathnaony
Bettyfield Abbey ø probably a secular chapel Shankill
Boyle Abbey Boyle Abbey Nave 1997 09 17.jpg early monastic site, possibly founded 5th century, possibly by St Patrick;
sometimes confused with Ath-da-larc, County Meath;
Cistercian monks — from Buniffi
(community founded from Grelachdinach 16 August 1148 by Abbot Peter O'Mordha)
founded 1161;
affiliated to Clairvaux 1228;
dissolved c.1589; granted to Patrick Dusacke of Gerrardston; (NM)
Ath-da-Larc;
Ath-da-laarcc;
Ath-da-laragh;
Buell;
Buill;
Mainister-na-buill
Boyle Nunnery nuns,
"ruined nunnery"[notes 239] possibly historically located in County Sligo
Caldragh Friary Caldragh Graveyard 2014 08 29.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1487?;
dissolved 1582?; leased to Bryan M'Dermot 1582; granted to Thomas Danby[notes 240]
Caldrywolagh;
Caldra;
Ceall-braughe-uallaighe
Caldragh Nunnery nuns
"nunnery in ruins"[notes 241]
Cam Monastery early monastic site, nuns Camma;
Camach
Cloonard Abbey ø (Tibohine parish) "Cloonard abbey and church"[notes 242]
Cloonburren Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 577-8 by Cairech Dergen;
probably dissolved before 1167
Cluain-bronaigh;
Clooncagh
Clooncraff Monastery early monastic site, founded before 752;
plundered 815
Cluain-crema;
Cluain cremtha
Cloonoghil Cell Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Kilcreevanty;
founded before 1223, confirmed to the nuns of Kilcreevanty c.1223 and 1400;
dissolved c.1543?
St Mary
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Cluain-eochaill;
Cluain-ockill
Cloonowen Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded 6th century;
plundered by the Munster men 1089
Cluain-emhain;
Cluain-emuin
Clonrahan Friary ~ Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1485 by Cathal O'Conor Roe (Rufus);
dissolved (during the reign of Elizabeth I)
Cloon-rane;
Cloon-sreane;
Cloon-rohan
Cloonshanville Priory,
near Frenchpark
Cloonshanville Priory Tower 2014 08 29.jpg early monastic site, founded 5th century? (by the time of St Patrick);
Dominican Friars
founded 1385 by Mac Dermot Roe (Rufus);
priory leased to Hugh boy O'Donnell 1577; lands leased to the mayor of Galway 1578;
friary leased to Bryan Mac Dermot 1580;
dissolved before 1596; leased to William Taaffe of Sligo 1596;
friary later owned by Lord Dillan and rented by a Protestant named Davis
The Holy Cross
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Cluain-sainmhill;
Cluain-senmall;
Cluain-maoil
Cloontuskert Priory early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Faithlinn;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded after 1140, probably by an O'Conor - possibly Turlough O'Conor;
dissolved 1563?; granted to Fryall O'Farrell
Cluain-tuaiscirt-na-dina
Creeve Monastery early monastic site, founded early 6th century? by St Finnian of Clonard Craebh-ghrellain;
Craebh-mor
Deerane Abbey Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian — from Roscommon
founded before 1156?, site granted by O'Conor;
double monastery with nuns' priory (see immediately below) until 1223-4;
dissolved c.1578?;
Augustinian Friars
St Mary
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Dhoran;
Daren;
Deerane;
Derreen;
Doren;
Dorhan
Deerane Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
double monastery with Canons' abbey (see immediately above)
founded after 1144;
dependent on Kilcreevanty from before 1223;
dissolved after 1223-4
Domnach-mor Monastery ≈~ early monastic site, possible duplication
Drum Monastery early monastic site, founded late 5th century? by Diradius (not Diratus of Ferns), brother of St Canoc Edardruim
Drumalgagh Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Clonard;
founded before 1195, confirmed to the nuns of Clonard;
dependent on Kilcreevanty from before 1223, confirmed to the nuns of Kilcreevanty c.1223 and 1400;
dissolved c.1543?;
owned by Earl of Clanricarde 1641
St Mary
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Druimeliar;
Drumcliff;
Dromalga
Drumconnel Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick) by St Conal?;
also given as located in County Galway
Druim-conaille
Drumconaid Abbey Cistercian monks — from Boyle
founded c.1156, transferred from Grellechdinach;
dissolved 1158-9: transferred to Buniffi/Boyle c.1158/9
Drumcunny;
Drum-conaid
Dysart Abbey ø Cistercian monks
land granted to St Mary's Abbey, Dublin by Rory O'Conor not later than 1236;
abbey probably never built
Briole;
Bruigheol
Elphin Cathedral Monastery early monastic site, traditionally founded c.450 (434 or 435) by St Patrick;
diocesan cathedral c.1130;
see transferred to Roscommon 1152;
see transferred from Roscommon c.1168;
Augustinian Canons Regular - Arroasian?
founded after 1140;
see transferred from Elphin 1244;
dissolved before 1442;
storm damaged 1957, demolished shortly afterwards;
ruins partially restored
St Mary
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Ailfinn;
Ail-find;
Oilfinn;
Olfin;
Emlach-ono
Elphin Greyfriars = early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, tradition that Ono, son of Oengus gifted his house to St Patrick;
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1453, parish church of St Patrick granted to the friars by Cornelius, Bishop of Elphin before 1450, Cornelius was instructed by the Pope to license new friaries 1453;
dissolved 1563, friars expelled by the Protestant bishop, who demolished the friary and built a house from the ruins;
granted to Terence O'Birne-Termor;
erroneously referred to as Dominican in inquisition 1591
St Patrick
Elphin Greyfriars, later site Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1632
Emlagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century?, bishop listed in the time of St Patrick Imblech-each;
Imblech-brocadha
Fuerty Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick for deacon Just Fidard;
Fidarte
Grange Abbey, Kilbride parish purported abbey[notes 243] Kilcrea
Grellachdinach Priory ~ Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1148;
dissolved 1155-6, transferred to Drumconaid, Bunfinny and Boyle;
possibly located in County Roscommon
Grellechdinach
Inchmacnerin Abbey,
Church Island, Lough Key
early monastic site, Patrician monks
founded 6th century;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
founded 1140-70?;
dissolved before 1596;
founded post1140;
dissolved 1569?; granted to William Taaffe 1596; (NM)
St Mary
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Inis-mac-n-erin;
Insula-Macnery;
Insula-Machum;
Inch-vicrinni;
Church Island, Lough Key
(not Eas-mac-eirc , as given by some, which is Assylin (q.v.))
Inchmean Priory Benedictine monks — duplication of Inchmean, County Mayo[notes 244]
Kilbride Abbey ø "Abbey"[notes 245] possibly connected with Derrane Priory, supra
Kilcanuran Monastery early monastic site Cill-ceanuran;
Beech Abbey
Kilconan Abbey ø "Abbey", founded 1339[notes 246]
Kilcooley Monastery early monastic site[notes 247] Cell-cuile;
Cul-silinne;
Kilchule
Kildallog Monastery ≈~ early monastic site Kiltrustan?, (infra)
Killaraght Monastery Historical county location. See entry under County Sligo
Killinmulrooney Cell Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Kilcreevanty;
founded before 1223, church granted to the nuns of Kilcreevanty by Pope Honorius III c.1223 and by Pope Boniface IX 1400;
dissolved 1543?
St Mary
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Cuilleen
Kilmore Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 5th century by St Patrick for Conleng and Ercleng;
mistaken by early sources for Kilmore, County Cavan;
Augustinian Canons Regular 155 183;
Augustinian Friars
Cella-magna-deathreab;
Cell-mor-maige-glaiss;
Cell-mor-tir-briuin-na-sina;
Moyglass
Kilmore Monastery possible early monastic site separate from above, founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
burned by the Ui Cremthainn 757
Cell-mor-dithrib
Kilnamanagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Cluain-na-manach
Kilronan Abbey 6th century
Kiltrustan Monastery ≈~ early monastic site;[notes 248] possibly Kildallog Kildallog?, (supra)
Knockvicar Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
foundation unknown
erroneously referred to as Dominican Friars, purportedly by the Bingham family,[notes 249] however they were not in Ireland at the time;[notes 250]

dissolved c.1583-4; granted to Richard Kendlemarch (Kyndelinshe)
Cnoc-bhicarre;
Cnoc-an-bicairi
Lissonuffy Cell Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
dependent on Cong;
foundation unknown;
dissolved before 1592; granted to Trinity College, Dublin
Liss-O-nDubhthaig;
Lyssenowfe;
Lis-duffe;
Lys-duffe
Loughkey Abbey early monastic site, founded by 700;[notes 251]";
Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Prémonetré
founded after 1217-8 (c.1215) by Clarus MacMailin, archdeacon of Elphin;
raised to abbey status c.1235;
held in commendam by Rory MacDermot from 1548;
granted to Robert Harrison 1594;
dissolved after 1600?, monks probably remained in occupation until 1608; (NM)
The Holy Trinity
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Lough Cé;
Trinity Island
Monasterevan Monastery ≈~ purportedly Augustinian Canons Regular or Crutched Friars (if Rindown) Rindown?;
Monastereoin?
Ogulla Monastery early monastic site Oghdeala
Oran Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick Uaran;
Huaran;
Cell-garad';
Ballydooley
Rindown Priory Hospital Crutched Friars (or less likely Knights Hospitaller)
founded before 1216, believed to be by King John for the Cruciferi or for the Knights Hospitallers;
plundered 1229;
raided by Felim O'Conor 1216;
burnt by Aed O'Conor 1270
dissolved before 1569; granted to Christopher Davers 1569;
leased to George Goodman 1588
St John the Baptist
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Randoon;
Rinnduin;
Renydwyn;
Tea-eon;
St John's de Rynndum;
Monaster-eoin-baisde;
Monaster-evin
Rindown Priory ~≈ Premonstratensian Canons, possible confusion with Monasterevan, supra Monasterevan?
Roscommon Abbey early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Comman, disciple of St Finnian of Clonard;
diocesan cathedral
see translated from Elphin 1152;
see translated to Elphin c.1168;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded after 1140, possibly with Arroasian reformation 1140-8 by Turlogh O'Conor at the instance of St Malachy;
plundered by William de Burgo 1204;
burned by the Anglo-Normans 1235 and 1247;
plundered by Mac William de Burgo 1260;
dissolved before 1578; granted to Sir Nicholas Malbye 1578;
granted to Francis Viscount Valentia 1615;
Augustinian Friars
St Mary
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Ros-comain;
Ros-chomon;
Ros-camain;
Ros-coman
Roscommon Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
founded after 1144;
possible double monastery with Roscommon Abbey (see immediately above);
dependent on Kilcreevanty after 1223, church confirmed to the nuns of Kilcreevanty by Pope Honorius III c.1223 and by Pope Boniface IX 1400;
dissolved after 1223-4, nuns probably transferred to Termonkeelin after 1223-4
St Mary
Roscommon Blackfriars RoscommonAbbey.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1253 by Felim O'Conor, King of Connacht, buried here;
consecrated 1257 by Thomas O'Conor, Bishop of Elphin;
burned 1270;
dissolved 1573; leased to Thomas le Strange 1573;
ruinous by 1612;
granted to Francis Viscount Valentia 1615;
friars remained in the vicinity, continuing into 19th century
The Friary Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Roscommon
Roscommon Greyfriars Franciscan Friars
founded 1268-9, founder unknown;
dissolved 1270 when burned;
could not be restored as the founder had died
Templemoyle Abbey possible early monastic site Kilnanooan
Termonkeelin Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian — possibly from Derrane and Roscommon
dependent on Kilcreevanty;
founded after 1223-4;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?
Termon-caelaind;
Termon-Keelan
Tibohine Monastery early monastic site, founded probably late 6th century by St Baithen Mac Cuanach;
plundered by the king of Feara-Manach 1201;
plundered by Aed Muimnech 1233
Tech-Baithin;
Teach-Baithin
Tisrara Nunnery "Nunnery"[notes 252]
Toberelly Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
cell or chapel, foundation unknown;
dissolved during the reign of Queen Elizabeth
Toberelvy;
Tobar-ailbhe?
Toomona Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 15th century?, founded by the O'Conor family;
also dubiously given as Dominican Friars
dissolved 1585-8;
granted to Richard Kyndelinshe (Kendlemarch) 1588
Tuaim-mona;
Toemonia;
Towemona;
Tumona
Tulsk Priory Tulsk St. Patrick's Priory South Transept 2014 08 29.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1448 by a (Mac)Dowell or other, land granted by Felim (Fedlimid) mac Fedlimid O'Conor, buried here;
dissolved before 1591?; land granted to Terence O'Byrne 1594;
friary granted to William Taaffe 1596;
repaired by Bingham 1595
St Patrick
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Tulsk Abbey;
Tuilsce;
Tuillsgi;
Twilskye



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County Sligo[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Sligo edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Achonry Monastery AchonryCathedral.jpg early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Finnian of Clonard;
diocesan cathedral 1152
Achadh-conaire;
Achadh-caoin;
Achada;
Cluain-Cain-i-n-Achud
Achonry Abbey "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 253]
Aghanagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick for Bishop Manus (Maine) and Gentene Achanagh;
Each-aineach;
Each-enach
Alternan Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille or St Farranan;
granted to St Farranan by St Colmcille
Alt-fharannain
Annaghloy Abbey "Abbey",[notes 254] unknown foundation, order or period; Lough Arrow
Athmoy Cell Premonstratensian Canons
dependent on Loughkey;
cell, probably non-conventual, founded 1232 by Clarus MacMailin, archdeacon of Elphin;
dissolved before 1594; granted to Robert Harrison 1594
Holy Trinity
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Ath Mugi;
Killamoy;
Foyoges
Aughris Priory early monastic site, founded by St Molaise of Inishmurray;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1172? by the Macdonalds, Irish noblemen;
dissolved c.1584
St Mary
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Eachros;
Acharas;
Agharois;
Akeras;
Keras;
Kilmaltin;
Inishmurray;
Insula Mary
Ballindoon Priory Ballindoon Priory NE 2010 09 23.jpg Dominican Friars
possibly licensed from Athenry 1427
founded 1507 purportedly by a Mac Donogh, begun by Thomas O'Farrell;
founded 1507;
dissolved c.1585; granted to Sir Francis Crofton (Grofton) after 1591, assigned to Sir Robert King
St Mary
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Ballindoon Abbey;
Baile-an-duin;
Ballin-dune
Ballinley Abbey ≈? suggested Cistercian monks prior to settling at Boyle — dubious;
"ruins of an abbey"
Ballinlig;
Bunnina/Bunfinny (dubious)
Ballymote Friary Ballymote Friary W Limestone Head 2010 09 23.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1442 by Cugawrag M'Donough;
burned, plundered and exiled by Donarus Macdonkayd 1483;
dissolved before 1584; granted to Sir Henry Broncard, assigned to Sir William Taafe;
destroyed by rebels c.1584-6;
Dominican Friars[notes 255]
Baile-an-mhota;
Baile-in-mota;
Ath-cliath-in-chorain;
Balemouta
Ballymote Preceptory ~ suggested Knights Hospitaller — possibly Temple House, infra Temple House?
Ballynagalliagh Priory nuns at Keelty possibly transferred here;
Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Kilcreevanty;
founded after 1223?;
dissolved before 1562?; granted to the Earl of Clanricarde 1562
Ballysadare Abbey early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
founded before 1166?;
dissolved 1588?; leased to Bryan FitzWilliam 1588;
Augustinian Friars
St Mary (and St Fechin)
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Baile-essa-dara;
Assadare;
Astrura;
Esdara;
Templemore
Banada Priory Banada Priory Sedilia 2010 09 23.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded 1423 by Donough O'Hara (Donatus Heagiaa) (son of John (Joannis Pheadgra)) who granted site;
Observant Augustinian Friars
reform adopted by decree of the prior general 29 December 1423
dissolved c.1613;
founded 1423;
dissolved c.1613;
Irish Sisters of Charity
founded 1858
Corpus Christi
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Beannada;
Bennatta;
Benfada
Billa Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore Bile-Fechin;
Bile-fobhair
Buniffi Abbey ~ Cistercian monks
founded c.1158/9, transferred from Drumconaid;
probably Bunfhinne, Dromard Parish, County Sligo;
dissolved 1161, transferred to Boyle
Bunfinny;
Bunnina;
Bunfhinne
Caille-au-inde Monastery ~≈? early monastic site, founded by St Fintan, son of Aid;
possibly located in County Sligo, also suggested to be Cally, Perthshire
Caille-aibhinne;
Caille-eavinde
Carricknahorna Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded 5th century by St Patrick for Macet, Cergen, Rodanus and Matona Tech-na-gCailleach-dubha;
Senchell-damaigi;
Senella-cella-dumiche? nr Corradoo
Church Island Monastery, Lough Gill early monastic site, founded 6th century (in the time of St Colmcille) by St Loman, son of Dallan;
burned 1416
Inis-mor
Cloghermore Nunnery ~ nunsorder, foundation and period unknown
Cloonameehan Friary Cloonameehan Friary West Range 2012 09 18.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1488 by Eugene Mac Donogh, license granted by Pope Innocent VIII 1488, on petition of Mac Donogh, the Baron of Norach and Edmund de Lantu;
dissolved c.1584; granted to Richard Kyndelinshe (Kindlemersh);
passed to the Taaffes, then to the Earl of Shelburne
Clonymeaghan;
Cloonmahen;
Cloonoghil
Cloonoghill Abbey early monastic site, founded 6th century by Aedan O Fiachrach in Corran Cluain-eochaill nr Ballyangloch
Court Friary Court Friary NE 2010 09 23.jpg Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1449 by Father Andrew O'Clumhain (Coleman), land granted by John O'Hara, with the approval of Cornelius O'Moghan, Bishop of Achonry;
dissolved 1588; granted to Richard Kyndelinshe 1588;
granted to William Taaffe 1598;
granted to Francis Edgworth 1623/4
Abbey Court;
Cooit;
Cuit-ruardri;
Cuirtwilleag
Dromard Monastery early monastic site, nuns, traditionally founded 5th century by St Patrick Druim-ard;
Druim-n-ard
Druimlias Monastery ≈~ early monastic site Drumlease, County Leitrim?
Druimeidirdhaloch Monastery ≈~ early monastic site, founded by St Finnian of Clonard Kildalough?
Druimnea Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
possibly located in County Sligo
Drumcliff Monastery DrumcliffHighCross&RoundTower.JPG early monastic site, founded 575 by St Colmcille, site granted by Ard son of Ainmire;
plundered 1315;
probably dissolved c.1503;
N15 road now bisects the site
Druim-cliabh
Drumcolumb Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille for his disciple Finbarr Druim-coluim;
Druim-namac
Drumrat Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore Druim-raite
Easky Abbey ø "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 256]
Emlaghfad Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille for Enna, son of Nuadhain Imblech-foda;
Emlyfad;
Tulach-segsa;
Tulach-segra
Enachard Monastery early monastic site, nuns;
purportedly transferred to Clogher
Annaghard;
Clogher?
Faebhran Monastery ~≈ suggested early monastic site Foibren;
probably Foyron, County Westmeath
Inishmore Monastery, Lough Arrow "monastery"[notes 257]order, foundation and period unknown Killadoon
Inishmurray Monastery Inishmurray Tory Bhrennell 2007 08 22.jpg early monastic site, probably founded 5th century (in the time of St Patrick) by St Laisren (Molaise);
burned by the Norsemen 807;
transferred to the mainland and united with Aughris;
probably used as a hermitage into the medieval period
Inis-muridaig
Keelty Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded by St Muadnata? Caile-nadfrath
Kilcumin Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded by St Caeman or St Comegen Kilcomin
Kilcumin Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
dependent on Court;
founded after 1454;
dissolved 1588?
Killadoon Priory~ Premonstratensian Canons
church belonging to Loughkey
Cell-duibh-duin
Killaraght Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded 5th century by St Patrick;
nuns, possibly AugustinianArroasianevidence lacking;
dependent on Kilcreevanty?;
founded after 1223?;
dissolved c.1591?; granted to Terence O'Byrne (Tirlaughe O'Byrnem) 1594; assigned to the Earl of Clanricarde by Terence O'Byrne
Cell-adrochta;
Cell-Athracta;
Killarighla
Killaspugbrone Monastery early monastic site Caisel-Irrae;
Cashel;
Cell-espuig-broin;
Cell-epscoip-broin
Killerry Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century? (in the time of St Patrick?);
erenagh recorded up to 1416
Cell-oiridh
Kilmacowen Monastery early monastic site, probably founded before mid 6th century by Diermit, son of Eugenius mac Murchad;
granted to Loughkey Abbey c.1239
Rosredheadh
Kilnemanagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Fechin of Fore;
Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Ballysadare;
cell? founded before 1170?;
dissolved before 1400; granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde before 1603 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth)
Cell-na-manach
Kilross Monastery early monastic site
Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Loughkey;
founded 1233-5 by Clarus MacMailin;
evidently non-conventual;
dissolved before 1594 ; granted to Robert Harrison 1594;
ruins in existence 1890
Holy Trinity
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Cell-fhraes;
Cell-rass;
Cell-Rais;
Kil-ruisse
Knockmore Monastery Carmelite Friars
founded c.1320;
also given as Dominican Friars — probable erroneous interpretation of the reference to the Carmelites here as "black friars";
dissolved before 1594
Grand Mont
Monasteraden Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Aedhan (probably Aedhan O Fiachrach)
Monaster-Cheathramh-nTeampuill Monastery early monastic site
Scurmor Friary Augustinian Friars
founded before 1454, site granted by Thady Odubha (O'Dowda) on petition of friars Eugene Ocaemayn (O'Knavin) and Thady Macfirbissyg (MacFirbis);
dissolved before 1603? (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?);
masonry purportedly used to construct a house for the landlord, later converted for use as a hotel
Holy Trinity
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Inis-tormor;
Inis-morensis;
Instuamor
Shancough Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded 5th century by St Patrick Seanchua-ua-n-oiliolla;
Senchua
Skreen Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille who was granted site to found a monastery by Tibrad, prince of Tir Fiachrach;
site occupied by remains of medieval church
Scrin-adamnain;
Scrinium S. Adamnani;
Scrine
Sligo Friary SligoAbbey1.JPG Dominican Friars
founded 1252 by Maurice fitz Gerald; consecrated 1253;
burned down accidentally 1414;
rebuilt 1416 by br Brian, son of Dermot Mac Donogh;
dissolved 1595, judged to be property of the Crown, friars probably dispersed at this time; granted to William Taaffe by James I;
in use as a court house 1608;
friars probably restored by 1624;
destroyed, friars seeking refuge in caves and woods in the vicinity during 1630s;
friars restored by 1641;
Premonstratensian Canons 207(NM)
Priory of the Holy Cross
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'Sligo Abbey' ;
Sliccech;
Sligech;
Selgia
Sligo Priory * Dominican Friars
church dedicated 6 January 1848; priory built 1865;
rebuilt and re-dedicated 13 May 1973;
extant
Holy Cross Priory, Sligo
Staad Abbey StaadAbbey.JPG early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Molaise of Inishmurray;
possible cell of Innishmurray
Teampall-na-staide;
Steedagh
Tawnagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick and Bishop Cairell Tamnach
Temple House Knights Templar
founded after 1269 (during the reign of Henry III);
dissolved 1270?, retaining a church and property in the area after the destruction of the castle;
Knights Hospitaller 342;
probably passed to the Crutched Friars of Rindown after 1312
Tech-Temple;
Taght-tampul;
Domuis Templi;
Templehouse;
Loghnehely
Toomour Monastery early monastic site Tuaim-fobhair;
Cell-Easpaig-Luidhigh;
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County Tipperary[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Tipperary edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Achfad Grange ~ Crutched Friars
non-conventual grange of St John the Baptist's, Dublin;
leased to the Countess of Ormond 1541
Athforth;
Baptistgrange
Ardcrony Monastery early monastic site, under coarbs Ardcroine
Ardfinnan Monastery # early monastic site, founded late 7th century? by St Finan Lobhar (Finan the Leper);
burned by the Normans 1178

Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
foundation and founder unknown;
dissolved c.1542; occupancy by Robert Butler 1548

Ard-finain;
Ard-fenan
Ardfinnan Preceptory? # possibly Knights Templar, initially under Templetown;
Knights Hospitaller, under Kilsaran
founded 1212? (when church confirmed to the Hospitallers)
Athassel Priory AthasselPriory.JPG Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1192 (c.1200) by William de Burgo, confirmed by King John 1205;
erroneously attributed as Trinitarian;[notes 258]
held in commandam by Edmund Butler, Archbishop of Cashel;
dissolved 1541; leased to Dermot Ryan;
granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond and Ossory 1557; (NM)
Priory of St Edmund, King and Martyr
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Ath-an-tuisil;
Ath-iseal;
Ath-aysill;
Hachassel;
Hassel
Cahir Priory Cahir Priory of St. Mary SE 2012 09 05.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1200–1220 (during the reign of King John) by Galfrid de Camville;
dissolved 1540; church parochial and conventual buildings occupied by Sir Thomas Butler by January 1541;
priory alienated by William Hutchinson and Edward Walshe 1561;
granted to Sir Edmond Butler 1566
St Mary
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Caher;
Cathair-duine-iascaid;
Cahir-Dunesk;
Cayrdunheach;
Chaier
Carrick on Suir Priory Franciscan nuns
founded 1385?;
dissolved 1542?
house purportedly built on site, before 1603 (during the reign of Elizabeth I) by Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond as principal residence for the earls of Ormond
Carrick-magriffin
Carrig-magriffin;
Roche Swiry
Carrick on Suir Hospital Priory Order of St Thomas of Acon
founded c.1236 by William de Cantelo, with the consent of his wife Dionisia, confirmed by John de Norragh c.1250;
dependent on Acon, London;
dwellings leased to James White 1530;
leased to Peter Butler, Earl of Ossory 1534 (Earl of Ormond from 1537);
dissolved 1536?; granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond
Hospital of St John the Evangelist
Carrick on Suir — Mount St Nicholas Monastery
Carrick on Suir Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller, frankhouse under the Hospital of Any, recorded 1541
Cashel Monastery early monastic site, foundation unknown;
diocesan cathedral
built 1101 or 1111
rebuilt 1169-72 by Domnall Mór O'Brien;
rebuilt after c.1224
Caiseal;
Caissel-narig
Cashel Priory Benedictine monks
dependent on Ratisbon;
founded before 1134 at the instance of Dirmicius, Abbot of Ratisbon;
St Cormac's probably the monks' chapel;
expelled 1269-72 by David Mac Carwill, Archbishop of Cashel
St James
Cashel Dominican Friary CashelDominicanFriary.JPG Dominican Friars
founded 1243 by David O'Kelly, a Dominican friar of Cork;
burned accidentally;
rebuilt and co-founded by John Cantwell 1480;
partly leased by Prior Edward Brown 1535-6;
dissolved 1540; surrendered by Prior Edward Brown 8 April 1540; leased to Peter Kelly and Walter Fleming;
granted to Walter Fleming 1543-4;
receiver Walter Houthe 1548; (NM)
St Dominic
Cashel Franciscan Friary # Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual;
founded c.1265 (during the reign of Henry III) by Lord William Hacket;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1538;
rented to Edmund Butler, Archbishop of Cashel, December 1538;
dissolved 1540; surrendered by Diermit, guardian, 7 April 1540;
friars apparently permitted to remain;
abandoned due to religious persecution c.1550, a new house being provided for them 1618 (see immediately below);
site now occupied by St John the Baptist R.C. parish church
'Hackett's Abbey'
Cashel Franciscan Friary, later site Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1618
Cashel Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
frankhouse under the Hospital of Any, recorded 1541
Cluain-conbruin Monastery ~≈? early monastic site, founded by St Abban possibly Rathcoun (infra)
Clonfinglass Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Abban Cluain-finndglaisse
Clonmel Friary Clonmel Friary 2012 09 07.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1269 by Otho de Grandison or the Geraldine family (the earls of Desmond), or by the townsmen of Clonmel;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1536;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Robert Travers, guardian, 8 March 1540;
granted to the town 1541-2;
later granted to James, Earl of Ormond
reopened in 1827 on the original site
Clonmel White Friary Carmelite Friars
foundation unknown;
dissolved c.1541, surrendered by the prior by April 1541;
church found to be in parochial use;
refounded by c.1737
Clonmel Black Friary Dominican Friars
probably founded shortly before 1641;
probably dissolved at the Cromwellian persecution;
friars made an unsuccessful bid to return after the Restoration
Clonoulty Preceptory Knights Templar
founded before 1200?, founder unknown;
dissolved 1308-11;
Knights Hospitaller
Clon-al;
Clon-aul;
Clonnell
Colethe Grange ~ Cistercian monks
grange of Holycross, granted by Donal O'Brien
Cealuatair;
Colethr;
Cul-etu
Coninga Monastery ~≈? early monastic site, founded by St Declan of Ardmore for some of his disciples; possibly located in County Tipperary possibly Ardfinnan (supra)
Corbally Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — from Monaincha
founded c.1485?;
dissolved before 1585; granted to Sir Lucas Dillon 1585-6
SS Mary and Hilary
Holy Cross (from c.1485)
St Mary (from 1486-7)
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Corbhaile;
Monaincha
Daire-mor Monastery early monastic site, founded by mid 7th century Doire-mor
Derrynavlan Monastery early monastic site, founded before 800 Daire-edhnigh;
Daire-eithne
Donaghmore Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century (during the time of St Colmcille and Ita) by Farannan, bishop Domnach-mor-maige-femen
Donaghmore Monastery early monastic site, probably founded by St Erc of Donaghmore, County Kildare Killerk
Dromineer Monastery ø purported intended foundation of monks, order unknown, which was never implemented; 12th century ruins
St. Aibhe's Monastery, Emly # StAilbe'sCross&CIChurchEmly.JPG early monastic site, founded 5th/6th century by St Ailbe;
diocesan cathedral
1111
see united to Cashel 1562;
secular college founded after 1505 and before 1542 by Bishop Thomas Hurley (dissolved c.1562);
site currently occupied by St Ailbe's C.I. parish church
Imlech-Ibhair;
Imblech-iobhair
Fethard Priory Fethard Holy Trinity Priory II 2012 09 05.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded 1306, site granted by Walter Mulcote;
dissolved 1540; granted to Edmund Butler, Baron of Dunboyne 16 January 1544;
ruins regained c.1820
new Augustinian house established in Fethard;
nave restored for parochial use 19th century
Holy Trinity
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Fiodh-ard;
Fetherd;
Fiard;
Fyddert
Fethard Friary ø listed in 1573 as Dominican Friars;[notes 259]evidence lacking
Galbally Friary Moor Abbey, Galbally, County Limerick.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1471 by O'Brien;
plundered 1472;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed c.1536?;
officially suppressed 1540;
granted to John, brother of the Earl of Desmond 1543-4, friars permitted to remain;
dissolved 1570; (NM)
Gallbhaile-eatharlach;
Mowre;
Moor Abbey
Glenkeen Monastery ≈? early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick (if Glenshaoin) or St Culan (if in the valley of Glean-chaoin) Glean-chaoin;
Glenn-chaoin
Holy Cross Abbey + HolyCrossAbbey.JPG early monastic site, purportedly hermit monks in the woods;
Benedictine monks?
possibly founded 1169? by Donal (Mor) O'Brien, King of Limerick;
Cistercian monks — from Monasteranenagh
founded 1180 by ;
subject to Furness 1249;
subject to Monasteranenagh 1278;
subject to Mellifont 1289;
erroneously given as Tironensian;[notes 260]
dissolved 1540;
granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond during the reign of Queen Mary, confirmed after 1558 by Elizabeth I;
granted to Gerald, Earl of Ormond, 1563; monks permitted to remain in the abbey or the vicinity;
in use as secular college 1540, probably until accession of Queen Mary 1553;
became ruinous;
restored for worship 1971-75; (NM)
Holycross;
Monaster-na-croiche-naoimhe;
Sancta Crux;
Oterlaun;
Wochturlawyn;
Hore Abbey Hore Abbey 8.jpg Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
refounded 1272 by David Mac Carwill, Archbishop of Cashel;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Abbot Patrick Stackbold;
leased to Sir Henry Radcliffe 1561
Ibracense Monastery ~ order unknown, founded 1127 or soon after by St Malachy for brethren from Ulster; possibly located in County Tipperary
Inishlounaght Abbey Crusader's gravestone Marlfield churchyard June 2010.jpg early monastic site, founded before 656 by St Pulcherius;
Cistercian monks — probably from Mellifont
founded 1147-8 (before May 1148);
dependent on Monateranenagh from 1151;
dissolved 1540; granted to Cormac M'Teigh M'Carthy
Inis-leamhnachta;
Inis-lannaught;
Suir;
de Surio
Inishlounaght Nunnery Cistercian? nuns
purported house adjoining the Cistercian monks' abbey (see immediately above);
foundation and status unknown;
dissolved 1228 by Stephen of Lexington
Kilbarron Monastery "ruins",[notes 261] traditionally monastic — evidence lacking
Kilcash Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Colman ua hEirc? Cell-caisi
Kilclispeen Monastery early monastic site; decorated high crosses remain Cell-clispin;
Kilklispeen
Kilcommon Priory Benedictine monks
dependent on Glastonbury, Somerset;
founded c.1200 by Philip of Worcester;
dissolved c.1332?, probably abandoned following Glastonbury's loss of property in Ireland
SS Philip, James and Armin (Cumin)
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Kil-comin;
Kil-cumin
Kilcooly Abbey KilcooleyTower2.jpg possibly Benedictine monks
founded c.1182, site granted to the coarb of Mag Airb by Donal Mor O'Brien;
Cistercian monks — from Jerpoint
(re?)founded 1184, confirmed by Henry III;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Abbot Thomas Shortall 8 April 1540;
church was found to be in parochial use 11 January 1541; occupier James, Earl of Ormond; (NM)
St Mary the Virgin and St Benedict;
St Mary (confirmation of Henry III)
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Albicamp;
de Arvi Campo;
Arvicampus
Kil-cuile;
Kil-coul;
Kyllecouill
Kilkeary Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded before 679;
mistaken for Kilcrea, County Cork[notes 262]
Cell-cere
Killalie Friary
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular — actually Killeenagalive, infra
Killeennagallive Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded before 1461;
dissolved 1543, possibly abandoned during persecution;
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded after 1543;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I?
Killin-ndeallubh;
Killin-enallagh;
Killin-nandealbh;
Killalowe;
Kyllalie;
Templebredon
Kilmore Monastery early monastic site Cell-mor-aradtire
Lady's Abbey Carmelite nuns
founded after 1314?;
dissolved c.1541?
Mainister-Mhuire;
Ardfinnan
Latteragh Monastery early monastic site Leatharach;
Leitrioch-odrain;
Leitreach-odrain;
Lettir-odrain;
Lattracha
Leamakevoge Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mochemoc (Pulcherius);
also erroneously given as County Offaly[notes 263]
Liath-mochoemocc;
Liath-mor;
Leighmore;
Lethmor;
Liethmor
Lemdruim Monastery ~ early monastic site;
also given as Lorum, County Carlow[notes 264]
Lorrha Monastery Lorrha Old St. Ruadhan's Parish Church SW 2010 09 04.jpg early monastic site, founded before 558 by St Brendan;
refounded before 584 by St Ruadhan;
burned by the Norsemen 845;
church built on site c.1000, ruins remain
Lorrha Priory # Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140?, on the site of the earlier monastery (see immediately above), apparently built to the north of the earlier monastic church;
burned 1157 and 1179;
tranferred to new site, adjacent (see immediately below);
church in parochial use; became ruinous;
19th-century C.I. parish church built adjacent
St Rogan / St Ruadan
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Lothea;
Loghera;
Lorrah;
Lurchoe;
de Fontis Vivi de Lochra;
Lothor
Lorrha Priory of St Ruadán Lorrha Priory of St. Ruadhan West Gable 2010 09 04.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded at earlier site (see immediately above) c.1140, dissolved c.1578?; lease granted to John Hogan, former prior, 2 June 1552, who possibly allowed the Canons to remain;
Augustinian Friars
founded c.1643
Lorrha Friary LorrhaFriary.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1269 by Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster;
dissolved 1552;
lease granted to John Hogan, former prior of the Augustinian Priory, 2 June 1552
erroneously shown as "Franciscan Abbey (in ruins)" on Ordnance Survey[2]
St Peter, Martyr
Lorrha Abbey suggested Benedictine monks[notes 265]
founded by St Deicola? (Deicolus?)
Molough Priory early monastic site, nuns, abbey? founded late 5th century;
Augustinian nuns
priory, founded 14th century? by the Butler family;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Prioress Joan Powere, 11 April 1540;
granted to Robert Butler c.1540;
church found to be in parochial use 1541;
leased to Sir Henry Ratcliff 1576
St Brigid
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Molaca-Brigde;
Mainistir-Brigde;
Mag-lacha;
Moillagh;
Mollaghe;
Moylagh
Monaincha Priory MonainchaPriory.JPG early monastic site, Culdees hermits
founded 6th century;
existing in the time of St Cainnech of Aghaboe;
Culdees moved to the chapel of St Colum on the arrival of the Augustinians;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140;
dissolved c.1485?, transferred to Corbally;
Augustinian Friars
St Hilary;
St Mary (from c.1400?)
Holy Cross (from 18 April 1485)
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Mona Incha;
Inis-locha-cré;
Inis-na-mBeo;
Loch-cré;
Inchinemeo;
Cree-stagnum;
Inchanames;
Kilbar [sic.]
Nenagh Friary Nenagh Friary SE 2010 09 08.jpg Franciscan Friars
founded 13th century (during the reign of Henry III) by a Kennedy (possibly L. O'Kennedy) or a Butler
dissolved before 1587; granted on lease to Robert Collum (Collam) 1587
Aonagh-urmumam;
Oinach-urmumam;
Enagh;
Lenaenach;
Venath
Nenagh — Tyone Priory Hospital Nenagh Priory and Hospital of St. John the Baptist East Gable 2010 09 05.jpg Fratres Cruciferi under Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1200 by Theobald Walter, Pincerna of Ireland;
burned by O'Kennedy 1342
became secular 1541-2, dependent on St John's, Dublin;
dissolved 1551; granted to Oliver Grace 1563
St John the Baptist
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Tyone Priory
Rathcoun Monastery "Site of monastery",[notes 266] supposed friary[notes 267]
Rathronan Camera Knights Templar
founded 13th century;
dissolved 1308;
Knights Hospitaller
Roscrea Friary Roscrea Friary SW 2010 09 03.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1477;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed c.1490;
dissolved c.1579, destroyed by the Protestants, friars fled;
granted to the Earl of Thomond c.1568, assigned to William Crow
Ros-cré;
Ruiscre
Roscrea Monastery Roscrea St. Cronan's Romanesque Church 2010 09 03.jpg founded 7th century by St Cronan;
Augustinian Canons
founded c.1140, canons possibly introduced by St Malachy 1140-8;
diocesan cathedral 1152;
became parochial apparently c.1195 when diocese united to Killaloe
Roscrea — Mount St Joseph's Abbey MountStJosephAbbeyRoscrea.JPG
St Peakaun Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded before the time of Becan;
(re?)founded by St Abban
Cluain-ard-mobecoc;
Kilpeacon;
Pekaun
Senros Monastery early monastic site Sean Ros nr Monaincha
Shanrahan Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded before c.637 by St Cataldus Sean-raithin
Templemore Abbey Knights Templar, stationed here, purportedly occupying the castle
Terryglass Monastery early monastic site, founded before 549 by St Colum "Mac Cremthainn";
burned 1112 and 1164
Tir-da-glas;
Tir
Thurles Friary Carmelite Friars
founded c.1291-1300 by the Butler family;
dissolved 1540, when already ruinous;
granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond and Ossory 1557, friars remaining in the vicinity;
listed as a restored convent existing c.1737
Thurles Greyfriars Franciscan Friars
probable post-medieval establishment
Thurles Preceptory purported Knights Templar, who occupied the castle, with another fortress ascribed to them
traditionally Knights Hospitaller
Tipperary Friary Augustinian Friars
founded c.1300?, possibly by Stephen Butler;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior Donough O'Cuyrke (O'Quirk) 7 April 1539, by which time ruinous;
granted to Dermot Ryan of Tipperary 1541
Tiobrain-arann;
Tioprat-arann;
Tipra-arann;
Tiperary
Toomyvara Priory Toomyvara Priory East Gable 2010 09 08.jpg early monastic site, purportedly founded 6th or 7th/8th century by St Donan 407;
Augustinian Canons Regular
priory cell, dependent on Monaincha;
founded 1140;
dissolved before 1585; granted to Milned Magrath, Archbishop of Cashel, 30 December 1585
St Donan;
St Mary
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Tuaim-ui-mheadhra;
Thomedonyn;
Tamdonayn;
Theym;
Toem;
Toome
Tullamain Monastery early monastic site;
plundered 1026



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County Waterford[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Waterford edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Achad-crimthain Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 829;
possibly located in County Waterford
Achad-dagain Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 639
Ardmore Cathedral ArdmoreCathedral.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks, founded 5th century by St Declan;
diocesan cathedral 1152;
see united with Lismore after 1210?
St Declan's Church
Ardmore Friary ~? Augustinian Friars
Ballyvoony Preceptory purported Knights Templar
"Monastery (in ruins)"[notes 268]
Bewley Camera purported Knights Templar
foundation unknown;
dissolution unknown;
remains of monastic building 1774;
"Abbey""[notes 269]
Beaulieu;
Beal
Cappagh Preceptory ø purported Knights Hospitaller
remains probably not ecclesiastical
Ceapach
Carrickbeg Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1336 by James Butler, Earl of Desmond;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by 'Prior' William Cormoke 7 April 1540;
granted to Thomas, Earl of Ormond
Cathair-mac-conchaid Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by 7th century Cathair-mic-conaich
Clashmore Monastery early monastic site, founded before 646-56 by Cuancheir, a monk, on the instruction of St Mochoemoc of Leamakevoge Glaismor
Crooke Preceptory Knights Templar
founded before 1180, by the Barons of Curroghmore?;
manor granted by Henry II;
dissolved 1308-11;
Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1314;
dissolved after 1348;
later farmed out;
held by William Wyse by 1541
An Crusc;
Cruadach;
Cork;
Croc
Curraheen Friary Franciscan Friars — from Youghal
placed of settlement after the suppression;
in vicinity 1731
Keeran
Disert-nairbre Monastery early monastic site, cell founded by St Medoc of Ferns Bolhendesert;
Dysert?;
Ballindysart?
Dungarvan Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century by St Garvan Dun Garbhan
Dungarvan Priory Augustinian Friars
founded c.1290 by Thomas, Lord Offaly;
dissolved 1541; church found to be parochial by 19 January 1541; leased to Roger Dalton 1595
Dungarvan, St Augustine's Priory * Augustinian Friars
extant
Kilbarry Preceptory Knights Templar
founded before 1180, church granted by deed of Henry II;
dissolved 1308-11;
Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1514;
dissolved before 1527, farmed out
Cell-barra
Killbunny Monastery early monastic site Cell-bhunna
Kilculliheen Abbey Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on St Mary de Hogges, Dublin;
priory founded 1151 by Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster;
independent, raised to abbey status before 1257;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Abbess Isabella Mothing
granted to Sir Edmund Butler 1566;
granted to the town of Waterford 1582-3
Cell-cleeheen;
Kellinge;
Killaylyhin;
Kylkyllin;
de Bello Portu
Killongford Preceptory? by tradition Knights Templar
also erroneously given as Knights of St John of Jerusalem[notes 270]
Killunkert
Kilmacleague Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Mac Liag, disciple of St Declan of Ardmore Cell-mic-liag
Kilmolash Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Molaise (of Leighlin?);
plundered by the Norsemen 833
Cell-o-laise
Lismore Cathedral =+ Lismore St Carthages Cathedral 2007 08 03.jpg early monastic site, founded 636 by St Carthach (Mo-chuda);
diocesan cathedral 1111;
see united to Waterford 1362;
early monastic site, nuns;
Augustinian Friars
St Carthagh;
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Leasa-moir;
Liss-mor;Les-mor
Lismore Monastery early monastic site, nuns, founded 7th century, strictly separate from the monks' monastery (see immediately above)
Lismore — St Brigid's Hospital early leper hospital under a prior, with possible Culdee connections until 12th century; St Brigid
Little Island Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly located in County Wexford Inisdoimle, County Wexford?
Molana Priory Molana Priory Nave West Window 2007 08 07.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Molanfide (Maelanfaid);
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140?;
dissolved 1541; granted to Sir Walter Raleigh 1587?;
passed to others 1588
Ailen-mail-anfaid;
Dairinis Mael-anfaid;
Insula St Molanfiede;
Moel-anfaidh;
Maylanfay;
Melahanahyd;
Muyllhanuha
Mothel Priory early monastic site, founded 6th Century by St Brogan;
early monastery asserted by some to have become Cistercian[notes 271]
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140?
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Abbot Edmund Power 7 April 1540; church found to be parochial by 19 January 1541;
occupied by Lary Katherine Butler 1548; (NM)
Maothail;
Motalia;
Mothil;
SS Brogan and Cronan;
at Ballynevin
Mount Melleray Abbey Mount Melleray Abbey (geograph 3381465).jpg Cistercian monks
founded 1833
Rincrew Abbey,
Rincrew Hill
Knights Templar
founded c.1180?, purportedly by Raymond Le Gros;
dissolved 1308? 330;
traditionally/erroneously Knights Hospitaller
Augustinian Canons Regular
passed to Molana;
dissolved with Molana 1541; granted to Sir Walter Raleigh 1587; assigned to the Earl of Cork
Temple Michael;
Rhincrew;
Rin-Crioch;
Rinncru;
Ryncrowe
Stradbally Abbey ø erroneously asserted Augustinian Friars;
"Abbey" ruins[notes 272] non-monastic
Tallow Carmelite Monastery Carmelite nuns St Joseph
Waterford Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral Waterford from The Mall.jpg monastic episcopal cathedral founded 1096;
diocesan cathedral 1111;
see united to Lismore 1363
Cell-mic-liag;
Port Lairge
Waterford — St Catherine's Priory Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
founded before 1207 by an Ostman;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior Edmund Power;
occupied by James Shurloke, per James White;
granted to Lady Elizabeth Butler, alias Sherlock, 1588-9;
Augustinian Friars
apparently refounded 1629
St Catherine
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St Catherine's Abbey
Waterford — St John's Priory Hospital Benedictine monks
founded c.1190
Benedictine monks and nuns
from 1202;
cell dependent on Bath from 1204;
dissolved 1536; granted to William Wise November 1536
St John the Evangelist
Waterford — St Saviour's Priory Dominican Friars
community founded 1226;
approval for priory granted by Henry III 1235
dissolved 1540; church sold to James White, occupier, by 18 January 1541;
surrendered by Prior William Marten 2 April 1541;
granted to Sir Anthony St Leger;
Waterford Dominican community died out 1865;
restored 1867
St Saviour
Waterford Greyfriars Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1240-5 by Sir Hugh Purcell, buried here;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1521;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by 'Prior' John Linche 2 April 1540; granted to Patrick Walshe and to the brethren and poor of the Hospital of the Holy Spirit 1 September 1541;
hospital established in the church — continuing into 19th century
Waterford Greyfriars, later site Franciscan Friars
founded 1612
Waterford Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars
founded 1830; church completed 1834;
extant


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County Westmeath[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Westmeath edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ardcharn Monastery early monastic site — actually located in County Roscommon Ardcharn in Westmeath
Ardnacrany Friary Carmelite Friars
founded c.1291 by Robert Dillon, Lord of Drumrany, possibly without license;
(erroneously purported Dominican Friars)
possibly the house licensed 1329;
dissolved c.1540; granted to Robert Dillon 1546
friars re-established in Moate
Ardicarne;
Athnecarne
Athlone Priory Cluniac monks — possibly from France
traditionally founded c.1150 by Turlough O'Conor, High King of Ireland; in existence before 1208-10;
dissolved c.1542, before 1567;
granted to Sir Richard Bingham, Commissioner for Galway, c.1589
St Peter;
SS Peter and Paul
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Athluain;
Baile-ath-luain;
Blahluin;
Haulon;
de Innocentia
Athlone Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars
founded c.1723;
extant
Athlone Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded c.1239 by Charles de Burgo or the Dillon family (possibly Sir Henry Dillon) or the Digby family (earlier attribution of founding 1224 by Cathal Crovderg O'Conor dubious);
church consecrated 1241;
dissolved 1567-8: destroyed; friars probably remained in the community in the town;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1587;
moved to place of refuge at Killinure, infra;
new house built nearby (see immediately below)
Athluain;
Baile-ath-luain;
Blahluin;
Haulon
Athlone Greyfriars Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1626
Athlone Monastery early monastic site according to tradition (historically County Roscommon) Athluain;
Baile-ath-luain;
Blahluin;
Haulon;
Cloonowen? County Roscommon
Athlone Austin Friary Augustinian Friars[notes 273]
founded on the Roscommon side of Athlone
Athluain;
Baile-ath-luain;
Blahluin;
Haulon
Athlone Convent Poor Clares nuns
founded between c.1725 and c.1750
Athluain;
Baile-ath-luain;
Blahluin;
Haulon
Athnecarne Friary Dominican Friarsconfusion of Ardnacrany Carmelites, supra Ardnacrany
Ballyboggan Priory Ballyboggan-Abbey.JPG Augustinian Canons Regular
dissolved; granted to Sir William Bermingham 1541
The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Ballyboggan
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De Laude Dei
Ballymore Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1250?;
possibly connected to Tristernagh, and possible chaplains to Cistercian nuns (see immediately below);
dissolved 1540, church ruinous;
leased to Francis Shaen 1593
Baile-mor-locha-semhdidhe;
Loch-seudi;
Loch-sydy;
Lox;
Plare;
Plary Abbey
Ballymore Priory Cistercian nuns
founded 1218 by a de Lacy;
suggested, probably erroneously, by the presence of the Canons' priory in the vicinity (see immediately above) to have been a Gilbertine double monastery;
dissolved 1470;
Augustinian Canons — from Ballymore (see immediately above);
passed to the canons 1475, who possibly transferred here
St Mary
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Loughsewdy;
Loch-seudi;
Loch-sydy;
Lox;
Plare
Ballymore Abbey early monastic site, purportedly founded c.700[notes 274] Baile-mor-locha-semhdidhe;
Loch-seudi;
Loch-sydy;
Lox;
Plare
Ballymore Cistercian Priory erroneous record of Cistercian monksactually the canons' priory, supra Baile-mor-locha-semhdidhe;
Loch-seudi;
Loch-sydy;
Lox;
Plare
Bethlehem Convent Poor Clares nuns
founded between c.1725 and c.1750
Bethlem
Butvather Friary Franciscan Friars, First Order
probably Athlone Conventual Franciscan Friary
Bukrather-Brawny;
Butvather, in Brawny
Castletown Abbey ø "Abbey",[notes 275] non-monastic ruins Baile-chaislean
Church Island Monastery, Lough Owel early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Lomman Inis-mor
Clonfad Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
in existence 779
Cluain-fodae;
Cluain-fota-baitan;
Cluain-fota-baedan-aba;
Cluain-fota-bile;
Ecra Tulach
Clonfad Monastery early monastic site, presumably founded 6th century by St Finnian of Clonard;
church burned 887
Cluain-fodae;
Cluain-fota-libren;
Cluain-fota-fine
Cluain-moescnae Monastery ~ early monastic site Cluain-maosena;
Cluain-mhaoscna;
Cluain-mecsua
Collinstown Priory Augustinian nunsArroasian
dependent on Clonard
founded after 1144, church confirmed to the nuns of Clonard;
dissolved after 1195;
transferred with Clonard to Odder c.1383-4
St Mary
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Kellarthalgach;
Fore St Mary;
Fawor
Conry Monastery early monastic site, founded 7th century? Combraire
Druim-corcortri Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick for Diarmait — possibly located in County Westmeath Druim-corcthri;
Druim-corkaree;
Druim-corcortri, in Meath
Drumraney Monastery early monastic site, hermitage founded before 588;
in existence 995
Druim-raite;
Drumrath
Dysart Tola early monastic site, founded before 738 by St Tola;
burned by Domhnall mac Murchadh 790
Disert-tuala;
Disert-tola
Faughalstown Monastery early monastic site, patronised by St Diarmaid 6th century Caille-fohlada;
Fochlaidh;
Faughly
Fooran Priory Franciscan? nuns, possibly Second Order, Poor Clare nuns
founded before 1385?;
dissolved before 1603 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?;
ruinous by 1605
Farren;
Farren Macheigkese
Fooran Friary Franciscan Friars, probably Third Order Regular
ruinous by 1605
Fuaran;
Farrenemannagh
Fore Anchorite's Cell Anchorites
dissolved 1616 on the death of the last hermit
Fore Priory early monastic site, founded c. 630 by St Feichin;
probably dissolved c.1180, when succeeded by the Benedictine establishment, (see immediately below);
recorded 13th century coarbs possibly titular;
suggested Augustinian Canons Regular c.12th century — evidence lacking
Fobhar;
Fobar-fechin;
Ballyleabhair;
Foure
Fore Priory ForeAbbey1.JPG Benedictine monks
alien priory: dependent on Evreux;
founded before 1185, churches and other endowments granted to Evereux by Hugh de Lacy;
buildings incorporated into the town's fortifications 1428;
became denizen: independent from 1449;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior William Nugent, 27 November 1539; granted to Matthew King 1540; (NM)
SS Taurin and Fechin
Fore Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
frankhouse recorded 1541
Foyran Monastery early monastic site, patronised and probably founded by St Edan
Friarstown Friary Dominican Friars
founded c.1691;
dissolved 1733
Killenough;[notes 276]
Killendough;
Killenough;
— in Clonfad parish


Hare Island Priory early monastic site, founed before 542 by St Ciaran of Clonmacnois;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1140?;
cell dependent on Saints' Island? from before 1259?;
dissolved before 1500?, probably abandoned some time before the general suppression
Inis Ainghin;
Inish Inneen;
Oilean Aingin;
Saints Island, Lough Ree
Inchbofin Monastery early monastic site, founded mid-5th century by St Rioch;
burned and plundered by the Norsemen on several occasions;
church plundered by the Munstermen 1089;
suggested Augustinian Canons Regular during the reign of Henry VIII — documentary evidence lacking
Inis-bofin;
Inis-boffin, Lough Ree
Inchmore Priory early monastic site, founded 5th century? by Liberius (Lioban), son of Losenus;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before c.1170?;
cell? dependent on Saints' Island after 1200;
dissolved before 1500?, possibly abandoned some time before the general suppression;
granted to Sir Richard Barnwell
Inismor-Loch-Ribh;
Inismor-Lough Ree
Kilbeggan Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th/7th century by St Beccan (Becan, son of Murchade?);

Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1150, possibly by the MacCoughlan family;
subject to Buildwas 1228;
dissolved before 1549; part granted to Robert Dillon 1560;
granted to William Browne 1595

Cell-becain;
Kilbecain;
de Benedicto Dei;
'The Church of the Relic', Kilbeggan
Kilbixy Monastery early monastic site, monks[notes 277] and nuns
founded by St Bicsech the Virgin?
Cell-bicsige
Kilcumreragh Monastery early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Fiachra;
sometimes confused with Conry, supra
Cell-cruimthir
Kilkenny West Priory Hospital early monastic site, founded c.mid-6th century by St Canice
Crutched Friars
founded after 1200 by the Tyrrell family or by Fr Thomas Dillon, priest, buried here;
listed 15th century as Hospitallers
dissolved before 1541?; granted to Robert Dillon 1569
St John
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Cell-cainnig;
Kil-caynne;
Kil-kencayd;
Kil-kay;
Kil-kykenne
Killalea Monastery ~ early monastic site, sometimes mistaken for Killulagh, supra
Killare Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Aedh mac Bricc;
site now occupied by remains of old parish church
Cell-air;
Kill-aria
Killinure Friary ~ Observant Franciscan Friars — from Athlone
place of refuge
Killucan Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Luican (Lucain) Cell-lucain;
Killuken
Killulagh Monastery early monastic site, patronised 5th century (during the time of St Patrick) by St Lonan;
also given as County Offaly, and mistaken for Killalea
Cell-oilach;
Cell-uaillech;
Kilhuailleach, County Offaly
Kiltoom Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century Cell-toma;
Kill-toma
Kinard Nunnery monks, according to local tradition — order and foundation unknown;
land granted to Augustinian Canons Regular of Tristernagh 1293;
Franciscan Sisters, Third Order
founded before 1650
Ceannard;
Chinn-Aird;
Kenard;
Kinnard;
Mainister Chinn Aird
Lackan Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century? possibly by St Patrick?;
possibly in existence 946;
remains extant 1837
Leachan;
Lecan-midi;
Leckin
Lough Ennell Monastery details to be established
Lynn Monastery early monastic site;
some confusion with Linnleire (Lann-Leire), i.e. Dunleer, supra;
site currently occupied by Lynn House
Lann-mic-luachain
Mullingar Austin Friars Augustinian Friars;
site marked by modern statue[4]
Mullingar Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1227 by Ralph Petit, Bishop of Meath;
destroyed by the people of Managh 1464;
leased out by Prior John Petyt 1534-8;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior John Petyt 28 November 1539;
possibly Augustinian Friars
founded before 1643?
Muilenn-cerr;
Muileann-chear;
Molingar;
Molyngerre
Mullingar Friary Dominican Friars
founded 1237 or Mary 1238 by the Nugent family or the Pettit family;
granted to Sir Gerald FitzGerald of Crowboy for 21 years, 24 April 1540;
declared dissolved 10 October 1540 by the withdrawal of the prior and convent;
granted to Thomas Gorie 1564;
granted to Walter Hope 1565-6;
granted to James Hope 1610
St Mary of the Assumption;
The Holy Trinity;
St Saviour
Mullingar Blackfriars Dominican Friars
founded soon after 1622
Mullingar Greyfriars Franciscan Friars — from Multyfarnham
attempted foundation 1622
Mullingar Greyfriars Capuchin Franciscan Friars
founded c.1642?
Mullingar Hospitallers Knights Hospitaller
"... a house [of Hospitallers?]";[notes 278] ([notes 279]) probably a frankhouse
Molyngare
Multyfarnham Friary MultyfarnhamFriary.JPG Franciscan Friars, Conventual
founded 1236 (before 1268?) (during the reign of Henry III) by William Delmar; also given as 1270 or 1276 by L William Herebeard FitzHerbert (Delamare) and 1306[notes 280]
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1460;
dissolved 1540, abandoned by the friars 7 October 1540; granted to Edmund Field, Patrick Clynch and Philip Penteney sometime between 1540 and 1546 (renewed 1546) friars permitted to remain in occupation;
recommended for restoration 1540 (during the reign of Queen Mary);
in use as a place of refuge; burned twice and raided several times between 1590 and 1617;
reoccupied 1827
Mbuailtibh Farannain;
Molinfarnam;
Montisfernandi;
Multifernam
Multyfarnham Blackfriars, earlier site? Dominican Friars
suggested to have been here prior to moving to Mullingar — evidence lacking
Pass of Kilbride Abbey "Abbey ruins"[notes 281] Bealach-Chilli-Brighde
Rahugh Monastery early monastic site
founded before 589 by St Aedh mac Bricc, bishop;
in existence 859
Rath-aeda-mic-bric;
Raith-aida;
Rathugh
Rathaspick Monastery ~ early monastic site, purportedly founded before 589 by Aedh mac Bricc — evidence lacking;
in existence 898
Russagh Monastery ø≈ possible early monastic site — probably Russagh, County Laois Ros-ach;
Ros each
Taughmon Monastery early monastic site, founded before 635-6 by St Fintan Munna Tech-munna;
Taghmon
Teaghbaithen Monastery ø≈~ early monastic site — possibly Tibhoin, County Roscommon Taghboyne
Teernacreeve Monastery early monastic site, possibly founded 6th century by St Colmcille for St Lugaid, his disciple St Lugaid?
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Tir-da-chroeb;
Tir-da-craeb
Temple Macateer early monastic site, possibly founded by St Ciaran mac an tsaoir Tempall-maic-in-tsaeir
Templenesagart Friary friars, apparently Franciscan Friars, probably Third Order Regular Templenesgarth;
possibly Kinard
Tobercormick Priory? Augustinian Canons Regular[notes 282]
possible canons' house probably extinct long before 1488

Dominican 200

Tobar-Cormac;
Fons Cormaci;
Well of Cormac by Toberville
Tobercormick Friary # Dominican Friars
founded c.1488, license granted by Innocent III, at the petition of Edmund de Lantu, to build a friary 1488;
dissolved before 1589, when in ownership of Francis Shane, gent.;
granted to H. Matthews, termor; assigned ot Sir Francis Shane;
no monastic remains apparent
Tristernagh Priory TristernaghAbbey.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1200 by Geoffrey de Constentin (Galfred de Constantine);
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior commendator Edmund Nugent, Bishop of Kilmore; granted to Robert Delman 10 December 1539
later in religious use;
destroyed 1783
St Mary
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Dristernach;
Dryssternac;
apud Kilbixy
Tuaim-inbhir Monastery ~≈ early monastic site, founded before 916, possibly located in County Westmeath or County Tipperary Druim-inbir (Dromineer, County Tipperary)
Turbotstown Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 809, possibly by St Fechin Tibraid;
Tibrada;
Tippert?
Tyfarnham Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 880 Tech-erennain;
Tech-airindan;
Tech-farannain;
Tech-ernain;
Tech-ultan;
Teach Faramain
Usnagh Monastery ~ early monastic site, a cloister founded 5th century by St Patrick; demolished when he was driven away Uisnach



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County Wexford[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Wexford edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Ahacortensis Friary possible duplication of Enniscorthy or Annaghdown
Augustinian Canons Regular (if Enniscorthy, infra);
Augustinian Friars
Enniscorthy?;
Annaghdown?, County Galway
Arbrensis Monastery early monastic site, possibly located in County Wexford
Ardamine Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Maedoc of Ferns, granted to St Maedoc by Dyma ?Ardladrann;
Ardlabran
Ardcavan Monastery # early monastic site, founded 7th century? by St Coeman mac Colman, or Colmad, brother of St Degan?;
plundered 819;
erenagh land into mid-11th century
Airdne-Coemhain;
Ardne-Coemhain;
Dairinis Coembain
Ardcolm Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Airdne-coluim
Ballyhack Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1212;
dissolved after 1375, merged with Kilcloggan;
now the site of Ballyhack Castle
Balicauk
Ballynaleek Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mael Ruain of Tallaght? St Mael Ruain of Tallaght
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Ballinaleck
Begerin Priory early monastic site and school, founded 5th century by St Ibar;
dissolved 1160;
Benedictine monks
priory cell dependent on Exeter
founded 1181;
dissolved 1400
transferred to Augustinian Canons Regular of Selskar — though no record of cell here
Becc-eriu;
Begeire;
Beggerin
Camaross Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Abban Camacross;
Camros
Carnsore Monastery Carnsore St. Vogue's Church 2010 09 26.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks, founded before 585 by St Vogue (Veoc?)
Clonatin Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
Romaneque ruins purported to be cell of Ferns Abbey
Clonmines Friary Clonmines Friary South Range 2010 09 27.jpg Augustinian Friars
founded 1317;
dissolved 1539, surrendered by Prior Nicholas Wadding; granted to Laurence Newell (Nevill) 1 May 1540
granted to John Parker 1543, eho had license to alienate 1546
friars expelled 1544, and roamed the countryside for the next three centuries;
erroneously purported transferred to Dominican Friars
Clomin;
Granstown
Clonmore Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Maedoc of Ferns Cluain-mor-dicholla-gairb
Coolgraney Friary possible Augustinian Friars;
site probably occupied by St Austin's church, Inch
Down Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before 1170, purportedly by the Danes;[notes 283]
dissolved c.1567; leased to Thomas Stewcley 1567; held by Richard Maisterson 1608
Abbeydown;
Downing;
Dune;
Dunum
Druim-chaoin-cellaig early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Abban Druim-cair-ceallaig
Dunbrody Abbey DunbrodyAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks — from St Mary's, Dublin
dependent on St Mary's, Dublin;
founded 1182, land granted to the abbot and monks of Buildwas by Hervé de Monte Marisco 1171-2, confirmed by his nephew, Strongbow;
dissolved 6 May 1536; granted to Sir Osbert Itchingham who apparently never resided there, monks purportedly remained in occupation until they abandoned the priory c.1560?
de Portu St Mariae;
St Mariae;
de Portu;
Dunbroith;
Dunbrot
Dunbrody Priory ø purported Benedictine monks — evidence lacking
Enniscorthy Priory mission house or chapel founded c.510 by St Senan of Scattery;
Augustinian Canons RegularVictorine
dependent on St Thomas's, Dublin;
cell founded before 1229;
dissolved 1539; leased to Edward Spenser 1581;
passed to Richard Synnott 1582;
granted to Edward Eustace 1593;
passed to Sir Henry Wallop 1595;
held by Thomas, Earl of Ormond 1605
St John the Evangelist
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Inis-corthadh;
Inis-corty;
Inis-choy;
St John's
Enniscorthy Abbey Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded 1460 by Donal, Fuscus (Donal Reagh Cavanagh);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed c.1460 by Dermit (O Murchu);
dissolved 1539; granted to James, Earl of Ormond;
destroyed by Henry Wallop 1582;
granted to Sir Henry Wallop
Ferns Abbey Ferns Abbey South Range 2009 09 28.jpg Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
founded c.1160-2 by Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, buried here;
burned 1159 or 1166;
rebuilt by Dermot 1169;
plundered and burned by Scottish raiders and Irish rebels c.1317
dissolved 1538, abbot and canons left the abbey 31 March 1538;
granted to Thomas Alen 25 March 1538
St Mary
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Fearna-nor-Maedhog;
Ferna-nor-Maedhog;
Fernis
Ferns Cathedral FernsCathedral.JPG early monastic site, founded c.6th/7th century by St Aidan or M'Aedhoc (Mogue), first bishop of Ferns;
diocesan cathedral 1111
Ferns — St Aidan’s Monastery of Adoration Family of Adoration nuns
founded 1990, on the site of a parochial church (built 1826) demolished 1970s
St Aidan
Fethard Abbey early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Abban, patronized by St Maedoc Fiodh-ard;
Fetherde
Fethard Friary ≈ø Augustinian Friars
possible duplication of Fethard, County Tipperary
Fetherde;
Fethard, County Tipperary?
Finachia Cell ~ Augustinian Canons Regular
possible hermit's cell on land endowed to Ferns,
possibly located in County Wexford
Cell Finnmagi?
Finnmag Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Abban Fionmagh
Glascarrig Priory Glascarrig Priory 2012 10 01.jpg Tironensian monks
made dependent on St Dogmael's, Wales by Griffin Condon, David Roch and others;
founded after 1190 (1190 or 1199);
dissolved 1541; church found to be parochial 27 January 1541;
leased to Walter Pepard of Kilca 1550;
abandoned after 1550, last prior in office until 1558
St Mary
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Glascharrac;
Glascarrick
Grantstown Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1317
Horetown Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1350-87? by the Furlong family, possibly Philip Furlong;
dissolved before 1541?; granted to Sir John Davis, assigned to Francis Talbot;
friars remained in the district, convent existing c.1737
Hoartown;
Little Horetown
Inisbeg Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century? (by the time of St Patrick) Beg-erin?
Inisdoimle Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Bairrfhinn, son of Aed, Prince of Dublin;
plundered a number of times between 820 and 960
Inis-daimle;
Inis-teimple;
Inch?
Inisfail Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, to whom land was granted by Cremthann Inis-feal;
Beg-erin?
Kilbraney Abbey Franciscan Friars, purportedly Third Order Regular
Abbey Kilbraney;
Abbeybraney
Kilcloggan Preceptory Knights Templar
founded after 1183 (during the reign of King John) by the O'More family, possibly Connor O'More;
dissolved 1308-10;
Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1314;
dissolved 1540; leased to James Sherlock of Waterford
Kilcloghan;
Templetown
Kilgorman Monastery early monastic site, founded 5th century? Cell-gormain
Kilnamanagh Monastery early monastic site Kilmanagh
Lady's Island Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
possible cell of Ferns prior to 14th century;
purportedly Augustinian Friars
dissolved 17th century? (in the time of Cromwell?)
Our Lady (purportedly)
New Ross Priory, earlier site Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
transferred to later site (see immediately below) before 1295, probably between 1250 and 1256;
New Ross Priory early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Abban;
Crutched Friars
founded c.1195, probably by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke;
dissolved before 1295;
Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
refounded c.1250 (during the reign of Edward I), purportedly by Sir John Devereaux;
transferred from earlier site (see immediately above) before 1295;
Crutched Friars appear to have attempted to regain the site from the Franciscans 15th century;
dissolved 1540; granted to the Earl of Ormond; assigned to Jasper Duffe;
friars evicted1549-50;
suppressed 1558, destroyed by the Protestants;
apparently reoccupied during the reign of Queen Mary
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1612
St Saviour
New Ross Grey Friars Observant Franciscan Friars
built 1615
Ros-mic-treoin;
Ross-meic-treoin;
Ross-pont
New Ross Franciscan Nunnery Franciscan sisters, Third Order Regular
founded between 1625 and 1650
New Ross Austin Friars Augustinian Friars
founded before 1320, purportedly by Wiliam de la Roche;
Observant Augustinian Friars
reformed 1484?;
dissolved 1540; sold to Margaret, Countess of Ormond and Ossory;
leased to John Savage 19 August 1540;
granted to Richard Butler of Dormereston 16 January 1544;
friars later returned to New Ross (see immediately below)
New Ross Austin Friars * Augustinian Friars
extant
New Ross, St Mary's Abbey Anglo-Norman abbey parish church;
suggested episcopal diocesan cathedral, Patrick Barrett, Bishop of Ferns, purportedly translated his see to St Mary's church 1400 to 1415 — references probably only pertain to the bishop's residence
Monastery of St Saviour
New Ross, Mount Carmel Monastery Carmelite nuns
Rathaspick Monastery early monastic site Raith-ne-n-epscop
Rosslare Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
St Saviour's Priory ~≈? Cistercian monks
dependent on Dunbrody;
possibly located in County Wexford;
possible confusion with Graiguenamanagh
St Salvator
Selskar Priory Selskar Abbey, Wexford, Ireland.jpg Augustinian Canons RegularHoly Sepulchre?
purportedly founded c.1190 by Sir Alexander de la Roche, after 1216?;
dissolved 1540, surrendered by Prior John Heigharne 23 March 1540;
occupied by Sir Walter Browne of Malrankan before 1548;
granted to John Parker 1548;
Augustinian Friars
The Priory of SS Peter and Paul of Selsker by Wexford
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Wexford Priory;
Loch-Garman;
Loch-Carmen;
Weysford;
Veyesereford;
Viesercford
Skreen Priory Benedictine monks
granted to the monks of St Nicholas, Exeter — never a monastic cell
St Nicholas
Taghmon Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
Templeshanbo Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Maedoc Seanboth-Colmain;
Senboth-Colmain;
Senboth-sine
Tintern Abbey TinternAbbey Wexford.JPG Cistercian monks
dependent on Tintern, Monmouthshire;
founded 1200 by Wiliam Marshall, Earl of Pembroke;
dissolved 1536; monks apparently permitted to remain until after 1539?;
abbey seized 25 July 1539;
church found to be parochial 22 January 1541;
variously leased out;
church converted for use as a castle or mansion
Tintern parva;
de Voto
Wexford Friary Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1268? (during the reign of Henry III), attributed to the Geraldine family ;
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1486;
dissolved 1539-40; granted to Paul Turner and James Devereux 1544;
occupied by Thomas Browne and Paul Turnor [Turner] 1548;
destroyed by the Protestants 1560; abandoned until new house established 1615 (see immediately below)
Lough Garman
Wexford Greyfriars Wexford Friary Nave 2010 09 29.jpg Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1615
Wexford Nunnery nuns
founded after 1625
Wexford Templars Knights Templar
granted church of St Alloch, mills and land by Henry II



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County Wicklow[edit]

(For references and location detail see List of monastic houses in County Wicklow edit)


Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
Aghowle Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Finnian of Clonard;
in existence 1017, erenaghs at least to 1050
Achad-abhall;
Achag-abla;
Aghold
Arklow Abbey Cistercian monks — from Wyresdale;
founded before 1204;
dissolved 1205, transferred to Abington
Arcloa;
Arkelo;
Envermor;
Invermor
Arklow Priory Dominican Friars
founded 1264 by Thomas Theobald fitz Walter, Pincerna (Butler) of Ireland, buried here;
dissolved 1539; granted to John Travers 1544
The Holy Cross
The True Cross
Ballinabarny Friary ~ Franciscan Friars, First Order
founded before 1650
Ballykine Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded by a brother of St Kevin;
private residence named Whaley Abbey built on site
Baile-coemgen
Baltinglass Abbey BaltinglassAbbey4957.jpg Cistercian monks — from Mellifont
founded 1148 by Dermot Mac Murrough;
briefly dependent on Furness 1277;
dissolved 1536; granted to Sir Edmond Butler 1536;
converted into a private house and Protestant church;
abandoned 1883; (NM)
Belachconglais;
Vallis Salutis
Bray Monastery early monastic house, bishops recorded Brae;
Bree
Delgany Carmelite Monastery Carmelite nuns
Ennereilly Monastery early monastic site, founded before 639 Inber-daoille;
Inber-daele;
Inber-daga;
Inverdoil
Ennisboyne Monastery early monastic site
Ferrybank Abbey Cistercian monks
Glendalough Cathedral and Monastery Glendalough view.JPG early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Kevin (Coemgen);
diocesan cathedral 1111;
burned 1163;
Augustinian Canons Regular
abbeyfounded after 1163?;
merged with Dublin 1216;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
priory founded before 1306;
dissolved 1398?, burned by the English;
St Kevin
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Glen-da-locha;
Glinne-da-loch;
Glydelagh
St Saviour's Priory,
near Derrybawn
Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Holy Trinity, Dublin;
purportedly founded before 1162? by St Laurence O'Toole;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
reformed probably soon after 1163;
dependent on All Saints', Dublin from before 1216;
dissolved 1398
Glenlorcan;
Regles;
St Saviour Priory
Killaird Monastery ~ early monastic site, nuns
Cell-aine
Killodry Priory ~ Augustinian Canons Regular
cell, dependent on St Thomas's, Dublin;
foundation unknown;
possibly located in County Wicklow
dissolved 1539
Rathnew Monastery early monastic site, founded before 779, patronised by St Ernin Raithnua
Shelton Abbey ^ now a state forestry school
Tigroney Monastery ø~ purported early monastic site, possibly founded by St Palladus
possibly non-monastic
Tech-na-roman;
Teachromam
Wicklow Abbey Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before 1268? (during the reign of Henry III);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed after 1521?;
dissolved c.1551; leased to Henry Harrington 1575
Cell-mantain;
Cell-mentain;
Bachilow;
Bichilo;
Wykynlow
Wicklow Priory Benedictine nuns
founded c.1448;
dissolved c.1470



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Locations to be established[edit]

Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References
Acrimensis Friary ~ Augustinian Friars possibly Aughrim, County Galway
Airdne Dairinnse Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by 6th century Ardnense
Ballineval Abbey (?) ~ Premonstratensian Canons
daughter of Prémonetré;
founded before c.1290;
dissolution unknown
Balinvalensis;
Ballalan?
also suggested to be Lough Oughter or Ballymore
Ballistellensis Friary ~ Augustinian Friars[notes 284] Ballistellensis in Connacht
Belluir Friary ~≈? Carmelite Friars[notes 285] possibly Ballinahinch
Bellufamensis Friary ~≈? Augustinian Friars Bellufamensis in Connacht;
possibly Ballyhaunis
Cluaine-tochne Monastery ~≈? early monastic site, founded before 765
Deroten Friary ~ Franciscan Friars[notes 286]
Disert-Chendubhain Monastery ~ early monastic site, cell founded 6th century by St Abban
Disert-ternog Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 819;
situated west of River Barrow
Dominensis Friary ~≈? Augustinian Friars;
possible former house of Augustinian Canons
possibly Dunmore, County Galway or Devenish, County Fermanagh
Domnach-ceirne Monastery ~ early monastic site, nuns
Glen-fuaid Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 977, suggested to be located near Sliabh Fuaid, County Armagh, or Glenranny, County Waterford
Imgoe-Mar-Cerrigi Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick, possibly located at Emmoo, County Roscommon Imgoe-Mar-Cerrigi in Connacht;
Imgae-mair-cerrige
Inisconla Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly Foynes Island, County Limerick, or Carrig Island, County Kerry; "Abbey"[notes 287] Inis-connla;
Inis-cunla
Letuba Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded before 773; possibly located near the River Liffey Leath-abha;
Leth-abha
Mag-Giallain Monastery ~ early monastic site, mentioned 1310; possibly located in County Mayo or County Roscommon
Molingar Friary ~ Carmelite Friars, possible post-Reformation foundation at Mullingar, County Westmeath if not Milltown Milltown?
Mont Savachu Friary ~≈? Carmelite Friars; possibly located in Ulster (if Savacense) Savacensis / Savacense?;
Savacense Friary ~≈? Carmelite Friars, probable post-Reormation foundation Savacense in Ulster;
Mont Savachu?;

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, however not mentioned by W. Reeves, Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Down, Connor and Dromore, 1847
  2. ^ Rathlin — identified with Rechrann by J. O'Donovan (identifications from notes in the Annals of the Four Masters, edited by J. O'Donnovan, 1848-51) and W. Reeves, Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Down, Connor and Dromore, 1847
  3. ^ Rathlin — identified with Reachru by J. O'Donovan (identifications from notes in the Annals of the Four Masters, ed. J. O'Donnovan, 1848-51)
  4. ^ Rathmore identified as Ratheaspuicinnic — M. Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786
  5. ^ Ratheaspuicinnic — W. Reeves, Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Down, Connor and Dromore, 1847, pp.279-81
  6. ^ Ballymyre identified with Tahellin — J.B. Leslie, Armagh Clergy and Parishes, 1911
  7. ^ Ballymyre identified with Tehallin — G. T. Stokes and Hennessy
  8. ^ Derrynoose identified with Dairinis, County Cavan — Plummer; Rev. T. Fee, communications, identifies 'in terra Ergallensium' as Derrynoose, County Armagh
  9. ^ Eglish — Rev. T. Fee, communications
  10. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  11. ^ Tomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, 1762 edition
  12. ^ A. Coleman, O.P., The Ancient Dominican Foundations of Ireland, 1902
  13. ^ Stokes Priory — listed by Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  14. ^ Strabane — Thomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana (ed. 1762) 747
  15. ^ Dunleckney — Knights Templar preceptory existence: Lewis, Topological Dictionary of Ireland (1837), i, p.584
  16. ^ 'Leighlin Friary' — listed by Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.252
  17. ^ John Cooke, Handbook for Travellers in Ireland, 1910, VII, Places of Interest, p.lvi
  18. ^ source for above reference
  19. ^ Cavan Dominicans — Thomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana (ed. 1762), and others
  20. ^ Slanore Cathedral: O. Davies, Journal, Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland, lxxviii p.99
  21. ^ Tomregan remains — Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967), p.83
  22. ^ Urney Monastery remains — J. Meehan, The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913-14, viii, p.643
  23. ^ Behagh given as County Clare by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.43 (W. B. Kelly, Dublin, publication p.72), mis-citing Sir James Ware; local tradition of friary at Behagh in County Clare probably originate from Archdall's error
  24. ^ Bishop's Island remains of monastery, foundation attributed to St Senan — Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967), p.321 (though not in 1989 edition)
  25. ^ Ennis nuns — Wars of Turlogh, (E. B. Fitzmaurice & A. G. Little, Materials for History of the Franciscan Province of Ireland pp.80-1) taken to refer to nuns; communications of Canice Mooney, OFM, point out that the word used,'caileach', translates as 'chalice', as opposed to 'cailleach' (nun)
  26. ^ Inchicronan "ruins of...Augustinian priory...on a site whose history goes back to St Crónán of Tuamgraney" — Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967), p.184 (p.124 in 1989 edition)
  27. ^ Inislanlaoi — listed as a separate foundation at Ennis by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.77
  28. ^ Inishloe (Inislua) — location given by Mervyn Archdall Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786
  29. ^ Inish-loinge — "penitentiarius de Inis-Lauidhe"Acta Sanctorum ... Hiberniae, compiled by John Colgan, 1645, pp.537, 540
  30. ^ Kilfarboy — given as Kilfobrick — Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.52
  31. ^ Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, xxiv, p.129
  32. ^ Luke Wadding: Analecta Hibernica No.6, vol ii, p.156
  33. ^ Analecta Hibernica No.6, vol iii p.195
  34. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  35. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967) p.166
  36. ^ Annals of the Four Masters, ed. J. O'Donovan, 1848-51
  37. ^ Canice Mooney, OFM, Terminus; vol i, p.128
  38. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), ed. 1815 i. p.263
  39. ^ given in plea roll 30, K. Ed I
  40. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654, p.198 - mistook order as Franciscans: cf E. B. Fitzmaurice & A. G. Little, Materials for History of the Franciscan Province of Ireland, 1920, p.90
  41. ^ 17 K.James I: 'King's Collections', manuscripts compiled by Dr Madden, late 17th century, revised by Harris, NLI and TCD (Mervyn Achdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786)
  42. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edited 1815, i, p.294 - listed at Clonmine by Lubin
  43. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  44. ^ Ordnance Survey
  45. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edited 1815, i p.138
  46. ^ Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, xxxiv. p.129
  47. ^ Cork Historical Journal, 61 (1956), earliest contemporary record, Will of John de Wynchedon, bequests to the friary and requesting burial in there)
  48. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654
  49. ^ William Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum, edited by Dodsworth & Dugdale, i, edition of 1682, ii edition of 1673 — possible reference to sisters at Benedictine hospital-cell
  50. ^ Dr. Cochrane (Cork Archaeological and Historical Society, xviii, p.124)
  51. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1768, p.68
  52. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edited 1815, i, p.294
  53. ^ Urban Flanagan, O.P.
  54. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edited 1815
  55. ^ (Epilogue Chronology ...), translated by A. Coleman, O.P., 1902
  56. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquatibus ejus, edition of 1654
  57. ^ Harris's Table in Ware-Harris, Antiquities, 1745
  58. ^ Canice Mooney, O.F.M., Terminus, 1954, pp. 248–9
  59. ^ Ordnance Survey
  60. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901
  61. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edition of 1815, i, p.219
  62. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654
  63. ^ 'King's Collections', manuscripts compiled by Dr Madden, late 17th century, revised by Harris, NLI and TCD (as cited by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786) p.74
  64. ^ Leopold Janauschek, Originum Cisterciensium, 1877
  65. ^ Gasparis Jongelini, Notitia Abbatiarum ordines Cisterciensis per orbem universum, 1640 (Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722)
  66. ^ erroneous reference by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.75
  67. ^ Ordnance Survey
  68. ^ Charles Smith, MD, The ancient and present state of the county and city of Cork (1750), edition of 1815, i, p.294
  69. ^ 'King's Collections', manuscripts compiled by Dr Madden, late 17th century, revised by Harris, NLI and TCD (as cited by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786), p.76
  70. ^ Dr Cochrane, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, xviii, p.125
  71. ^ tentative reference, Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.249, 266
  72. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission), No.6, Nov. 1934, ii, p.157
  73. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654
  74. ^ John Cooke, Handbook for Travellers in Ireland, 1910, p.447
  75. ^ no name similar to Youghal listed either in Fonds Grand Carmes or Arch. Ord. Rome (Carmelite Order), Manuscripts. II, C.O. II. 26, p.13, written 1739-59
  76. ^ Clyn
  77. ^ mentioned by Wm Cobbett
  78. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.100
  79. ^ L. A. Alemande, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by J. Stevens, 1722, p.204
  80. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.100, citing J. Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus, ejus, 1754 edition, however that source lists only Inver in County Antrim as Franciscan
  81. ^ J. B. Leslie, Raphoe Clergy and Parishes, 1940, p.103
  82. ^ Coll. de Rebus Hibernicis, BM, Add. MS. 4814, Sloane, f. 4
  83. ^ J. Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus, 1654 edition, p.186
  84. ^ Mevyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.103
  85. ^ given as County Donegal by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.104
  86. ^ Harris's Table in Ware-Harris, Antiquitie, 1745 and Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786
  87. ^ Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland, edited by H. S. Sweetman and G. F. Handcock, 1875-86
  88. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.173
  89. ^ Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland, edited by H. S. Sweetman and G. F. Handcock, 1875-86
  90. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.6, however, identical to St Catherine's Priory, which he lists on p.123
  91. ^ Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, iii, p.447
  92. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1768, p.221, and others
  93. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786 p.256
  94. ^ King's Collection manuscripts, compiled by Dr Madden, late 17th century, revised by Harris, National Library of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, p.136 (Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786), but see Extents of Irish Monastic Possessions 1540-1, edited by Newport D. White (Irish MSS. Commission), 1943, p.75
  95. ^ Ordnance Survey
  96. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.280, 234-5, mistakes Nenagh/Aonagh (Annagh/Enach) for Annaghdown, error replicated by others
  97. ^ Ordnance Survey
  98. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland 1962, new edition 1967
  99. ^ Wadding
  100. ^ Harris's Table, in Ware-Harris, Antiquitie, 1745
  101. ^ Arch. Ord. Rome (Carmelite order), SM. II, C.O.. II. 26, p.13 (compiled 1739-59)
  102. ^ Ordnance Survey ½ inch;
  103. ^ Ordnance Survey 6 inch;
  104. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.281 and Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.277
  105. ^ not John de Colgan II as suggested by Ware and others
  106. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.231 mistakenly states Dunmore Friary was located on the site of an early monastery
  107. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.285 suggests Fallig (given as Observant Franciscans by Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.289) is Faghy, County Galway
  108. ^ Ordnance Survey
  109. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962 (1967 edition), p.414
  110. ^ Ordnance Survey
  111. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), i, p.104
  112. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), i, p.27
  113. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), ii, p.161
  114. ^ H. T. Knox, Notes on Early History of Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, 1904, p.296
  115. ^ Canice Mooney, The Franciscans in Ireland, Terminus (Mar-Apr 1956), p.143;
  116. ^ Ordnance Survey
  117. ^ Ordnance Survey
  118. ^ Ordnance Survey
  119. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Collection) No.6, November 1934, iii, p.197 — but 1486 on p.200
  120. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.332
  121. ^ J. Cooke, Handbook for Travellers in Ireland, 1910
  122. ^ communications of Canice Mooney, O.F.M.
  123. ^ Ordnance Survey
  124. ^ Tomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, 1762 edition, p.206, no.iv, repeated by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.373
  125. ^ W. Carrigan, History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, 1905 iii. p.195
  126. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by J. Stevens, 1722, pp.309,312,317
  127. ^ Arch. Ord. Rome (Carmelite Order), Manuscripts II, C.O. II, 26, p.13 (compiled 1739-59)
  128. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967), pp.343-4
  129. ^ Ordnance Survey
  130. ^ Ordnance Survey
  131. ^ Ordnance Survey
  132. ^ Ordnance Survey
  133. ^ Ordnance Survey
  134. ^ Ordnance Survey
  135. ^ Ordnance Survey
  136. ^ W. Carrigan, History and Antiquities of Ossory, 1905, ii
  137. ^ Ordnance Survey
  138. ^ Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, iv, p.2
  139. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland 1962, new edition 1967, p.346
  140. ^ Ordnance Survey
  141. ^ "Adare Dominican" — The Earl and Countess of Dunraven, Memorials of Adare, 1865, pp.35-6
  142. ^ "Adare Hospitallers" — White's List, M. Lenihan, Limerick, its History and Antiquities, 1866, p.562; Registrum Kilmainham, edited by J. T. Gilbert (Rolls Ser.), 1889, pp.140,155
  143. ^ "Any" — Ware-Harris, History of the Bishops of Ireland, 1739, p.202, probably from Pipe Roll, 17 May year 1, to 21 December year 2, Edw.III
  144. ^ Askeaton, 1389 founding — Wadding, who identified Askeaton with Luasia, though Canice Mooney, OFM, communications, notes that this is Latin for Laois
  145. ^ Askeaton, founding before 1400 — Canice Mooney, OFM, communications, identified convent of Inysgebryny, in existence 1400, with Askeaton
  146. ^ Askeaton founder — cf. E. B. Fitzmaurice and A. G. Little, Materials for History of the Franciscan Province of Ireland, 1920, pp.170,180-1
  147. ^ Askeaton, 1420 founding — James Ware
  148. ^ Askeaton Commandery — legendary attribution to Templars — T. J. Westropp, Journal, Royal Society of Antiquities in Ireland, xxiv, p.111
  149. ^ S. Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837, i, p.81
  150. ^ 'Ballingarry Abbey' — Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901, given as 'church' on 6-inch Ordnance Survey
  151. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.419 (citing MSS Smith)
  152. ^ Lubin: Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticon Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.310,312
  153. ^ Cassells Gazetteer of Britain and Ireland, i, p.446
  154. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, Castletown Masaniry:
  155. ^ M. Lenihan, Limerick, its History and Antiquities, 1866, p.31
  156. ^ Rev. Patrick Fitzgerald and John James M'Gregor, History, Topography and Antiquities of the county and city of Limerick, 1826, Vol 1, p.299 &
    Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, p.433
  157. ^ Clonkeen — Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962, (new edition 1967), p.352
  158. ^ given by M. Lenihan, Limerick, Its History and Antiquities, 1866, p.31
  159. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.810
  160. ^ Ordance Survey (6in) and Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901
  161. ^ White's list c.1658
  162. ^ Augustin Lubin, Orbis Augustinianus, as given by Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by J. Stevens, 1722, pp.309, 312, 324
  163. ^ Tripartite Life of St. Patrick, edited by W. Stokes, (Rolls Ser.), 1887, pp.200, 350
  164. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.353, misreading of James Ware, De Hibernia et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition, p.203
  165. ^ Rev. Patrick Fitzgerald and John James M'Gregor, The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Limerick, 1827, Vol 2, p.380
  166. ^ Rev. Patrick Fitzgerald and John James M'Gregor, The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Limerick, 1827, Vol 2, p.380
  167. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.425
  168. ^ Cassells, iv, p.1
  169. ^ Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Limerick County and City, 1837, p.288
  170. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.430, misreading Wadding
  171. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  172. ^ Cassells, Gazeteer of Great Britain and Ireland, iv, p.55
  173. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition
  174. ^ Coll. de Rebust Hibernicis, BM. Additional manuscripts 4814, Sloane, f.5; Rev. Canice Mooney, OFM, Terminus, 1954, p.128
  175. ^ Tomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, 1762 edition, p.754
  176. ^ Rev. Patrick Fitzgerald and John James M'Gregor, History, Topography and Antiquities of the county and city of Limerick, 1826, Vol 1, pp.288-9, mentions ruins of abbey of Luden — (Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stephens, 1722, p.361); Luden is actually Louth Park, Lincolnshire
  177. ^ Thomas Dineley (in the time of Charles II), Journal, Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland, viii, p.270
  178. ^ White's List ()compiled c.1658 — M. Lenihan, Limerick, its History and its Antiquities, 1866, pp.564, 736
  179. ^ O' Halloran
  180. ^ Cassells, Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 3, p.341
  181. ^ Rev. Canice Mooney, OFM, Terminus, 1956
  182. ^ S. Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837, i, p.283
  183. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.444 gives St Idus having a foundation here, which was actually at Aghade (Ath-fadat—"long ford"), County Carlow
  184. ^ J. J. McNamee, DD, History of the Diocese of Ardagh, 1954, pp.34-5, 541
  185. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition, p.172 and others, confuse Saints Island and Inis Aingin, the latter being founded by St Ciaran. Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.49, 50, has a foundation by Ciaran at both locations, which is possible, though Inis Aingin alone is mentioned in the Life of St Ciaran: Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae, edited by Charles Plummer, 1910, i, pp.210, 211
  186. ^ White's list c.1658 (M. Lenihan, Limerick, its History and Antiquities, 1866, p.562;, cf. Registrum Kilmainham, edited by C. McNeill, IMS, 1943, pp.140, 155)
  187. ^ Dr Logan doubts there were lepers in Ireland at the time of St Patrick
  188. ^ Tomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, 1762 edition; A. P. Coleman, O.P., The Ancient Dominican Foundations of Ireland, 1902, doubts Earl Richard was founder, suggesting instead that the foundation occurred during the time of Walter or Roland Joyce, Dominican Archbishops of Armagh, 1307-1311 and 1311-1322
  189. ^ according to Colgan
  190. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.593
  191. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654
  192. ^ References in Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.461, are actually regarding Dromiskin
  193. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.464; Trias Thaumaturga, edited by John Colgan, 1647
  194. ^ Knock Abbey, County Louth: Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage
  195. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786 p.493
  196. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1914, i, p.104
  197. ^ Ordnance Survey
  198. ^ Archdall confuses with Rathenepscop (Rathaspick), County Donegal
  199. ^ Ordnance Survey
  200. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.156 lists as Benedictine and located in County Roscommon
  201. ^ Hubert Thomas Knox, History of County Mayo, p.97, f. — no other record of such an establishment
  202. ^ Hubert Thomas Knox, History of County Mayo, p.96
  203. ^ Analecta Hibernica No.6, 6 November 1834, Irish Manuscript Commission, ii, p.158
  204. ^ Analecta Hibernica No.6, 6 November 1834, Irish Manuscript Commission, i, p.51
  205. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  206. ^ Analecta Hibernica No.6, 6 November 1834, Irish Manuscript Commission, iii, p.199
  207. ^ Canice Mooney, O.F.M., Terminus, 1954, p.247
  208. ^ Analecta Hibernica No.6, 6 November 1834, Irish Manuscript Commission, ii, p.158
  209. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1914, i, p.104
  210. ^ Canice Mooney, O.F.M., Terminus, 1956, p.141
  211. ^ Hubert Thomas Knox, Notes on the Early History of the Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, 1904, pp.79,141,313
  212. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition, p.223
  213. ^ Hubert Thomas Knox, History of County Mayo, p.95
  214. ^ J. Neary, Galway A.S. viii., p.19 and Lord Killanin and M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962 (new edition 1967), p.328
  215. ^ J. O'Heyne, O.P., Irish Dominicans (Epil. Chron...), (translated by A. Coleman, O.P., 1902), 1706
  216. ^ Tomas de Burgo, Hibernica Dominicana, 1762 edition
  217. ^ J. Healy, The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913-4, viii, p.641, refuted by Canice Mooney, O.F.M., communications
  218. ^ Harris's Table. Ware-Harris, Antiquities, 1745
  219. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition
  220. ^ A. Cogan, The Diocese of Meath 1862-70, i, pp.211-2
  221. ^ J. Ryan, S.J., Irish Monasticism, Origins and Development, 1931, p.78 gives a bishop at Dall Bronig in the time of St Patrick
  222. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.529
  223. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.399 gives Killalga as County Offaly
  224. ^ Ordnance Survey, ½ inch, and Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901
  225. ^ listed in Harris's Table in Ware-Harris, Antiquities, 1745, p.264
  226. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum 1786, p.581
  227. ^ E. Hogan, S.J., Goedelicum locorum et tribuum Hiberniae et Scotiae, R.I.A., 1910, p.627
  228. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, references up to 1186 erroneously refer to Monoghan for Mucnamh (Muckno)
  229. ^ Cassell, Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland ii, p.52
  230. ^ O. S. Muirthuile, Tullamore Official Guide, p.16; E. Hogan, Onomasticon Goedelicum, R.I.A., 1910 p.270
  231. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.708
  232. ^ Harris's Table, Ware-Harris, Antiquities, 1745, p.264 and Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.709
  233. ^ Conry
  234. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p398
  235. ^ Ordnance Survey
  236. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, 1654 edition
  237. ^ Journal, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, xxvi. p.317
  238. ^ E. Hogan, S. J., Onomasticon Goedelicum, R.I.A., 1910, p.210
  239. ^ Ordnance Survey
  240. ^ Harris's Table, Ware-Harris, Antiquities, 1745
  241. ^ Ordnance Survey
  242. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901
  243. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901 and Ordnance Survey (½ inch)
  244. ^ duplication by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, due to error in Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  245. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901 and Ordnance Survey
  246. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, pp.290-1, erroneously attributes references to a church in Annals of Loch Cé, edited by William Maunsell Hennessy, M.R.I.A., Dublin, 1939, as being of an abbey
  247. ^ Acta Sanctorum veteris et majoris Scotiae, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum Insulae..., p.377
  248. ^ Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, iv, p.2
  249. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand,Monasticum Hibernicum, edited and translated by John Stevens, 1722; p.227
  250. ^ J. O'Heyne, O.P., Irish Dominicans (Epil. Chron. ..), (translated by A. Coleman, O.P., 1902), 1706, p.271
  251. ^ Conry: Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.614
  252. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901 and Ordnance Survey (½ inch)
  253. ^ Ordnance Survey
  254. ^ Memorial Atlas of Ireland
  255. ^ Pat. R. James I, pt.2, p.52
  256. ^ Ordnance Survey
  257. ^ Ordnance Survey
  258. ^ cf Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.150
  259. ^ Ex. Reg. (IV, p.39) Mag. — no other record found
  260. ^ Monasticon (1846) v. 150;
  261. ^ Ordnance Survey
  262. ^ Colgan and Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.72
  263. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.402
  264. ^ Petrie, p.40
  265. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.71-72
  266. ^ Ordnance Survey
  267. ^ Ordnance Survey Letters, O'Donovan and others (Royal Irish Academy)
  268. ^ Ordnance Survey
  269. ^ Ordnance Survey
  270. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786
  271. ^ James Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus ejus, edition of 1654, p.196
  272. ^ Richard Hopkins Ryland, The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Waterford ..., p.301
  273. ^ Lubin: Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticon Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.310,312,331
  274. ^ A. Cogan, The Diocese of Meath, 1862-70, ii, p.552
  275. ^ Ordnance Survey
  276. ^ Rev. Dr. W. Moran, Riocht na Midhe, ii, No.3 (1961), pp.9-15
  277. ^ Healy, History of the Diocese of Meath, 1, 48
  278. ^ Extents of Irish Monastic Possessions 1540-1, edited Newport D. White (Irish Manuscripts Commission), 1943, p.115
  279. ^ "3D Issue Digital Edition – powered by www.3dissue.com. Copyright 2008, All rights reserved.". irishmanuscripts.ie. 
  280. ^ A. Cogan, The Diocese of Meath, 1862-70, iii, p.591
  281. ^ Ordnance Survey and Memorial Atlas of Ireland, 1901
  282. ^ Harris's Table, Ware-Harris, Antiquities, p.264
  283. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722
  284. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, pp.301,312,331
  285. ^ Fonds Grand Carmes
  286. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticon Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.235, gives a friary in the custody of Drogheda
  287. ^ Ordnance Survey

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