List of monastic houses in County Fermanagh

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The following is a list of the monastic houses in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The 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, or preceptory/commandery.


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.

Abbreviations and Key[edit]

The sites listed are ruins or fragmentary remains unless indicated thus:
* current monastic function
+ current non-monastic ecclesiastic function
^ current non-ecclesiastic function
= remains incorporated into later structure
# no identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ exact site of monastic foundation unknown
ø possibly no such monastic foundation at location
¤ no such monastic foundation
identification ambiguous or confused

Locations with names in italics indicate probable duplication (misidentification with another location) or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented).

Trusteeship denoted as follows:
NIEA Scheduled Monument (NI)
NM National Monument (ROI)
C.I. Church of Ireland
R.C. Roman Catholic Church
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List of monastic houses in County Fermanagh is located in County Fermanagh
Aghalurcher Monastery (approx.)
Aghalurcher Monastery (approx.)
Aghavea Monastery (approx.)
Aghavea Monastery
Boho Monastery (approx.)
Boho Monastery (approx.)
Davy's Island Monastery (approx.)
Davy's Island Monastery (approx.)
Devenish Island Abbey
Devenish Island Abbey
Gola Priory
Gola Priory
Inishmacsaint Monastery
Inishmacsaint Monastery
Kilcoo Monastery (approx.)
Kilcoo Monastery (approx.)
Kiltierney Monastery
Kiltierney Monastery
Kinawley Monastery (approx.)
Kinawley Monastery (approx.)
Lisgoole Abbey (approx.)
Lisgoole Abbey (approx.)
Magheracross Monastery (approx.)
Magheracross Monastery (approx.)
Pubble Monastery
Pubble Monastery
Rossory Monastery
Rossory Monastery
Tivealough Friary (approx.)
Tivealough Friary (approx.)
Locations of monastic houses in County Fermanagh
Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References & Location
Aghalurcher Monastery Aghalurcher Church Yard.jpg early monastic site, founded 8th century by St Ronan, son of Aedh Dubh Achad-urchaire
54°14′04″N 7°27′06″W / 54.2345000°N 7.4518000°W / 54.2345000; -7.4518000 (Aghalurcher Monastery (approx. loc.))
Aghavea Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century (about the time of St Molaise of Devenish) by Lasair of Achad-beithe Achad-beithe 54°17′34″N 7°25′30″W / 54.2926973°N 7.4249067°W / 54.2926973; -7.4249067 (Aghavea Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Aredmuilt Monastery early monastic site, probably Derryvullan Ariodmuilt
Boho Monastery early monastic site Botha
St Faber
54°20′59″N 7°47′45″W / 54.3497°N 7.7957°W / 54.3497; -7.7957 (Boho Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Davy's Island Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
cell of Lisgoole; ruined wall purported to be remains of the cell
Inishmore [3]
54°28′55″N 7°46′45″W / 54.4818289°N 7.779048°W / 54.4818289; -7.779048 (Davy's Island Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Derrybrusk Monastery Daire-broscaidh;
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)
Devenish Island Priory;
54°22′12″N 7°39′17″W / 54.3700981°N 7.654758°W / 54.3700981; -7.654758 (Devenish Island Abbey)
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
54°17′31″N 7°32′32″W / 54.291908°N 7.542196°W / 54.291908; -7.542196 (Gola Priory)
Iniseo Monastery early monastic site, founded before 777 by St Constans Ins-eo;
Inisionois in Lough Erne;
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 54°26′08″N 7°44′43″W / 54.435556°N 7.745278°W / 54.435556; -7.745278 (Inishmacsaint Monastery)
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? [7]
54°22′34″N 8°03′27″W / 54.3760862°N 8.0575482°W / 54.3760862; -8.0575482 (Kilcoo Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Kiltierney Monastery early monastic site?;
Cistercian monks
54°30′43″N 7°39′29″W / 54.5119515°N 7.6579205°W / 54.5119515; -7.6579205 (Kiltierney Monastery)
Kinawley Monastery early monastic site, founded before 563 Cell-naale;
54°13′35″N 7°39′07″W / 54.2263642°N 7.6518212°W / 54.2263642; -7.6518212 (Kinawley Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
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 [8]
54°19′29″N 7°37′49″W / 54.3247757°N 7.630216°W / 54.3247757; -7.630216 (Lisgoole Abbey (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Lisgoole Monastery # early monastic site;
site later occupied by Augustinian priory (see immediately above)
The monastery of Saint Aid, Lisgoole;
Magheracross Monastery apparent early monastic site, Culdee Machaire-na-croise 54°12′43″N 7°29′49″W / 54.212°N 7.497°W / 54.212; -7.497 (Magheracross Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Pubble Monastery early monastic site Popull;
Chappell of Popull;
54°21′57″N 7°29′23″W / 54.36586°N 7.48963°W / 54.36586; -7.48963 (Pubble Monastery)
Rossory Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 480 by St Fanchea;
church of St Fuinche founded 1084;
hospital or hospice founded c.1371?
54°20′06″N 7°38′45″W / 54.334908°N 7.645815°W / 54.334908; -7.645815 (Rossory Monastery)
Tivealough Monastery ø
Tievealough Church East Gable 2014 09 02.jpg possibly an early Christian monastic site, fd. before the 12th century;[12] purportedly Franciscan Friars[13] evidence lacking;[14][12]
medieval ruins described as 'abbey or church'
Tivea Lough;
Keenaghan Abbey
54°29′18″N 8°02′05″W / 54.4883351°N 8.0347829°W / 54.4883351; -8.0347829 (Tivealough Friary (approx. loc.)) (approx)
White Island Monastery? attempts made to identify this location as being Eo-inis monastery    

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