List of monastic houses in County Donegal

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Inclusion[edit]

In this article, smaller establishments such as monastic cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks) and camerae of the military orders of monks (Knights Templars and Knights 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.

Article layout[edit]

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.


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Alphabetical listing of establishments[edit]

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Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References & Location
Ard Mhuire Friary * Capuchin Franciscan Friars [1]

55°07′22″N 7°54′37″W / 55.1226618°N 7.9102421°W / 55.1226618; -7.9102421 (Ard Mhuire Friary)
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

54°30′33″N 8°12′03″W / 54.509034°N 8.200937°W / 54.509034; -8.200937 (Assaroe Abbey)
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
54°58′52″N 7°36′22″W / 54.981219°N 7.606091°W / 54.981219; -7.606091 (Balleeghan Friary)
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
55°08′18″N 7°54′50″W / 55.1384624°N 7.9139328°W / 55.1384624; -7.9139328 (Ballymacswiney Friary)
Ballymagrorty Monastery (Drumhome parish) early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Ballymagroarty 54°33′01″N 8°08′07″W / 54.5502386°N 8.1353331°W / 54.5502386; -8.1353331 (Ballymagroarty Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
54°35′39″N 8°23′34″W / 54.594282°N 8.392811°W / 54.594282; -8.392811 (Ballysaggart Friary)
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 55°17′26″N 7°12′34″W / 55.2904555°N 7.2094345°W / 55.2904555; -7.2094345 (Bothchonais Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Carrickmore Monastery early monastic site
coarbs until 16th century
Carraic;
Cairrge
54°55′28″N 7°28′00″W / 54.924331°N 7.466755°W / 54.924331; -7.466755 (Carrickmore Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Carrowmore Monastery CarrowmoreCrosses.JPG early monastic site [2]

55°15′21″N 7°11′20″W / 55.255933°N 7.189007°W / 55.255933; -7.189007 (Carrowmore Monastery)
Clonca Monastery CloncaChurch&Cross2013.JPG early monastic site, Gaelic monks
erenaghs until early 17th century
[3]

55°16′04″N 7°10′25″W / 55.267845°N 7.173514°W / 55.267845; -7.173514 (Clonca Monastery)
(given as 55°22′14″N 7°19′48″W / 55.3704782°N 7.3299408°W / 55.3704782; -7.3299408 (Clonca Monastery (according to OS map)) on Ordnance Survey map, 1965 - not on 1960 map)
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
54°51′05″N 7°28′56″W / 54.851439°N 7.482333°W / 54.851439; -7.482333 (Clonleigh Monastery)
Clonmany Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
probably continuing after 1111
Culmaine;
Cluain-maine
55°15′41″N 7°24′39″W / 55.2614141°N 7.4108791°W / 55.2614141; -7.4108791 (Clonmany Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Conwal Monastery Conwal Old Church S 2012 09 19.jpg Gaelic monks
founded in early 7th century;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Conwall Monastery 54°56′31″N 7°46′58″W / 54.941960°N 7.782754°W / 54.941960; -7.782754 (Conwal Abbey)
Cnodain Monastery early monastic site[notes 1]
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 55°11′12″N 7°30′54″W / 55.186696°N 7.515056°W / 55.186696; -7.515056 (Desertegny Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Domnach-mor-magene Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 5th century by St Patrick
Domnachmormagene;
Domnach-mor-Mag-ene
54°28′53″N 8°16′23″W / 54.4813086°N 8.2730484°W / 54.4813086; -8.2730484 (Domnach-mor-magene Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
55°15′00″N 7°16′20″W / 55.249946°N 7.272107°W / 55.249946; -7.272107 (Carndonagh Crosses, site of Donagh Monastery)
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
54°47′29″N 7°33′09″W / 54.7912836°N 7.5525856°W / 54.7912836; -7.5525856 (Donaghmore Monastery)
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
[4]

54°39′02″N 8°06′56″W / 54.6504672°N 8.1154257°W / 54.6504672; -8.1154257 (Donegal Friary)
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
54°35′59″N 8°08′33″W / 54.5997405°N 8.1425858°W / 54.5997405; -8.1425858 (Drumhome Monastery)
Eskaheen Monastery EskaheenMonastery.JPG early monastic site Iskaheen;
Uisce-chaoin;
Uskechaoin
55°05′22″N 7°16′51″W / 55.0895192°N 7.2809315°W / 55.0895192; -7.2809315 (Eskaheen Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
55°05′00″N 7°27′39″W / 55.083211°N 7.460766°W / 55.083211; -7.460766 (Fahan Monastery)
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
55°00′56″N 7°54′31″W / 55.015640°N 7.908705°W / 55.015640; -7.908705 (Gartan-Rath Monastery)
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
54°42′37″N 8°43′31″W / 54.7101438°N 8.7252045°W / 54.7101438; -8.7252045 (Glencolumbkille Monastery)
Grellagh Monastery early monastic site Greallach;
Templemoyle
Inishkeel Monastery Church ruins, Inishkeel island. - geograph.org.uk - 135936.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded before c.580
Inis Keel;
Inis-caoil;
Inis-coel
54°50′51″N 8°27′17″W / 54.8476091°N 8.4548378°W / 54.8476091; -8.4548378 (Inishkeel Monastery)
Inis Saimer Monastery ~ purported monastic site, location given as island off St John's Point[notes 2]island does not exist;
identified as Assaroe[notes 3] q.v.
Ines Samer;
cf Assaroe
54°30′03″N 8°12′01″W / 54.500949°N 8.200342°W / 54.500949; -8.200342 (Inis Saimer Monastery)
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 54°38′49″N 8°16′50″W / 54.646836°N 8.280537°W / 54.646836; -8.280537 (Inver Monastery)
Inver Friary ø purported Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular[notes 4]
Kilbarron Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St Colmcille;
erenaghs until early 17th century
Cell-barrainne;
Kilvanny
54°32′05″N 8°12′58″W / 54.5347289°N 8.2162285°W / 54.5347289; -8.2162285 (Kilbarron Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Kilcar Monastery Kilcar Old Church 2010 09 24.jpg early monastic site, Gaelic monks
founded 6th century by St. Carthach
Kilcartaich;
Cell-charthaigh;
Killen
54°38′01″N 8°35′31″W / 54.6335115°N 8.5919094°W / 54.6335115; -8.5919094 (Kilcar Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
54°38′07″N 8°27′00″W / 54.6352999°N 8.4499454°W / 54.6352999; -8.4499454 (Killybegs Friary)
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
[5]

55°01′24″N 7°37′00″W / 55.0232006°N 7.616787°W / 55.0232006; -7.616787 (Killydonnell Friary)
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
55°01′50″N 7°46′40″W / 55.0304818°N 7.7778053°W / 55.0304818; -7.7778053 (Kilmacrenan Friary)
Kilmacrenan Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks
possibly continuing after 1111;
site of Franciscan friary (see immediately above)
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
54°49′35″N 7°34′38″W / 54.8264035°N 7.5773048°W / 54.8264035; -7.5773048 (Kilmonaster Monastery)
Leck Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until 1609[notes 5]
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
54°36′56″N 7°53′07″W / 54.615638°N 7.885235°W / 54.615638; -7.885235 (Lough Derg Friary — Saints Island)
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
54°36′57″N 7°52′55″W / 54.6159213°N 7.8820038°W / 54.6159213; -7.8820038 (Lough Derg Priory — Station Island)
Lough Derg Monastery — Station Island Franciscan Friars
founded 1763;
dissolved 1781, passed to the clergy of the Diocese of Clogher
[6]
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 6] O'Donnell;[notes 7]
dissolved 1601
An-macaire-beg;
Macairebeg;
Magherybeg
54°38′29″N 8°07′03″W / 54.641299°N 8.117411°W / 54.641299; -8.117411 (Magherabeg Friary)
Malin Monastery ø ancient church, purportedly monastic[notes 8] 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
55°10′37″N 7°47′37″W / 55.176852°N 7.793480°W / 55.176852; -7.793480 (Mevagh Monastery)
Moville Monastery early monastic site, Gaelic monks Domnachbile;
Magbile;
Norborgh
55°11′17″N 7°02′26″W / 55.1881296°N 7.0404339°W / 55.1881296; -7.0404339 (Moville Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
54°34′33″N 8°07′37″W / 54.5759174°N 8.1269217°W / 54.5759174; -8.1269217 (Racoon Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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 [7]

54°52′14″N 7°36′14″W / 54.870503°N 7.603853°W / 54.870503; -7.603853 (Raphoe Monastery)
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 9]
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?
55°05′40″N 7°32′11″W / 55.094313°N 7.536457°W / 55.094313; -7.536457 (Rathmullan Priory)
Raymoghy Monastery Gaelic monks
possibly not continuing after 10th century
54°56′35″N 7°37′54″W / 54.9429211°N 7.6315498°W / 54.9429211; -7.6315498 (Raymoghy Monastery)
Rossnowlagh Friary * RossnowlaghFriary.JPG Franciscan friars
founded 1946;
church and friary opened 1952;
extant
[8]

54°32′49″N 8°12′23″W / 54.546907°N 8.206317°W / 54.546907; -8.206317 (Rossnowlagh Friary)
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 54°56′25″N 7°31′35″W / 54.9402095°N 7.5263214°W / 54.9402095; -7.5263214 (Taughboyne Monastery)
Temple Douglas 54°58′05″N 7°52′12″W / 54.9680565°N 7.8699875°W / 54.9680565; -7.8699875 (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
55°15′52″N 8°13′45″W / 55.2643486°N 8.2292747°W / 55.2643486; -8.2292747 (Tory Island Abbey (approx.)) (approx)
Tullaghobegley Monastery early monastic site, founded by an O'Begley;
erenaghs until 1609
Tulach-an-bigli 55°06′18″N 8°05′27″W / 55.1050873°N 8.090744°W / 55.1050873; -8.090744 (Tullaghobegley Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Tullyfern Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until 1609
Tulach-fionn


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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ mentioned by Wm Cobbett
  2. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.100
  3. ^ L. A. Alemande, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by J. Stevens, 1722, p.204
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ J. B. Leslie, Raphoe Clergy and Parishes, 1940, p.103
  6. ^ Coll. de Rebus Hibernicis, BM, Add. MS. 4814, Sloane, f. 4
  7. ^ J. Ware, De Hibernia, et Antiquitatibus, 1654 edition, p.186
  8. ^ Mevyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.103
  9. ^ given as County Donegal by Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.104

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ard Mhuire
  2. ^ Carrowmore Monastic Site
  3. ^ Clonca Monastic Site
  4. ^ Carndonagh High Cross
  5. ^ Killydonnell Friary
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  7. ^ WebCite query result
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 

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