Burrishoole Friary

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Burrishoole Friary
Burrishoole Friary SE 2007 08 13.jpg
Burrishoole Friary is located in Ireland
Burrishoole Friary
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
Order Dominican Order
Established 1470
Disestablished 1606
Diocese Killala
Founder(s) Richard de Burgo of Turlough, Lord MacWilliam Oughter
Status Inactive
Style Gothic
Location County Mayo, Ireland
Coordinates 53°53′55″N 9°34′19″W / 53.89861°N 9.57194°W / 53.89861; -9.57194
Visible remains Church
Public access Yes

Burrishoole Friary was a Dominican friary in County Mayo, Ireland. Its ruin is a National Monument.

Burrishoole Friary was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough, Lord MacWilliam Oughter. It was built without the permission of the Pope. In 1486, the Pope instructed the Archbishop of Tuam to forgive the friars. Richard de Burgo resigned his lordship in 1469 and entered the friary he had founded where he remained a friar until his death four years later. This was not an uncommon occurrence and serves to illustrate the connection between patrons and their foundations at the time.[1]

The church and the eastern wall of the cloister remain. The grounds of the friary are an actively used cemetery.

Burrishoole Friary is a few kilometers west of the town of Newport, County Mayo,. It is often called Burrishoole Abbey, although this colloquial name is inaccurate as because the Dominican order did not have abbots, Dominican houses are not technically abbeys.

Almost all the friaries and abbeys across Ireland were suppressed in the wake of the Reformation in the 16th century. Very few were rebuilt after that time and now only the ruins survive, pleasing, if poignant, late Gothic relics of what must have been among the most striking buildings in the countryside of pre-Tudor Ireland.[2]


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  • Monument sign in front of the Friary

Coordinates: 53°53′55″N 9°34′19″W / 53.89861°N 9.57194°W / 53.89861; -9.57194