List of monastic houses in County Galway

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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.


Abbreviations and Key[edit]

Alphabetical listing of establishments[edit]

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Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References & Location
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
[1][2]

53°12′52″N 8°20′57″W / 53.214411°N 8.349223°W / 53.214411; -8.349223 (Abbeygormacan Abbey)
Addergoole Abbey
(Addergoole parish, near Ardcloon)
order, period and foundation unknown
"Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 1]
53°37′14″N 8°49′29″W / 53.620514°N 8.824639°W / 53.620514; -8.824639 (Addergoole Abbey)
Ahascragh Abbey early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Cuan;
C.I. church on site
Ahaskeragh;
Ath-ascrath;
Ath-ascrach;
Ath-escrach-Cuain
[3][4][5]

53°23′53″N 8°20′06″W / 53.398168°N 8.334933°W / 53.398168; -8.334933 (Ahascragh Abbey)
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 53°23′18″N 9°04′19″W / 53.388342°N 9.071885°W / 53.388342; -9.071885 (Annaghdown Abbey of St. John the Baptist)
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 53°23′13″N 9°04′22″W / 53.386908°N 9.072736°W / 53.386908; -9.072736 (Annaghdown Abbey)
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
53°23′16″N 9°04′16″W / 53.387721°N 9.071215°W / 53.387721; -9.071215 (Annaghdown Cathedral & Nunnery)
Annaghdown Friary erroneously listed as Franciscan Friars[notes 2]
Ardnabara Abbey
in Killimordaly parish
possible monastic site — order, foundation and period unknown, "Ardnabara Abbey, in ruins"[notes 3] 53°19′18″N 8°34′45″W / 53.321697°N 8.579078°W / 53.321697; -8.579078 (Ardnabara Abbey (approx.)) (approx)
Ardrahan Monastery early monastic site;
stump of round tower[notes 4]
Ard-rathain 53°09′28″N 8°48′25″W / 53.157718°N 8.806990°W / 53.157718; -8.806990 (Ardrahan Monastery)
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
53°17′54″N 8°44′40″W / 53.2982229°N 8.7444514°W / 53.2982229; -8.7444514 (Athenry Priory)
Athenry Friary erroneous reference to Franciscan Friars — mistaken identification of Adare Friary[notes 5]
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 6]), 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
____________________
Eachdruim;
Acharym-Omane;
Aghrim;
Achdrum;
Echraim
Enachdruim-Omane
53°18′14″N 8°19′04″W / 53.303964°N 8.317761°W / 53.303964; -8.317761 (Aughrim Priory)
Ballynahinch Friary Carmelite Friars
founded 1356 by O'Flaherty;
dissolved during the reign of Elizabeth I;
convent listed as re-established c.1737[notes 7]
Baile-na-hinse;
Ballinhinceh;
Dalcaccense?
53°27′43″N 9°52′05″W / 53.461890°N 9.868126°W / 53.461890; -9.868126 (Ballynahinch Friary (approx.)) (approx)
Ballynakill 'Abbey' "Abbey",[notes 8] "Ellomaine Graveyard"[notes 9] Ellomaine
Beagh Friary (Barony of Clare) Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved before 1585; granted to John Newton
53°31′06″N 9°00′32″W / 53.518270°N 9.008971°W / 53.518270; -9.008971 (Beagh Friary (approx.)) (approx)
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 10]
Boley Friary Dominican Friars — from Portumna
apparently founded early 18th century
Boula;
Buaile
53°08′05″N 8°43′06″W / 53.134826°N 8.718252°W / 53.134826; -8.718252 (Boley Friary (approx.)) (approx)
Caheradreen Monastery early monastic site 53°14′48″N 8°54′02″W / 53.246805°N 8.900535°W / 53.246805; -8.900535 (Caheradrine Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
53°14′48″N 8°54′02″W / 53.246805°N 8.900535°W / 53.246805; -8.900535 (Caltra Friary)
Claregalway Friary ClaregalwayFriary.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual
founded before c.1252 by John de Colgan I;[notes 11]
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
53°20′48″N 8°56′41″W / 53.3468019°N 8.9446397°W / 53.3468019; -8.9446397 (Claregalway Friary)
Cloghmore Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Colmcille Cloch-mor, in Killannin parish 53°13′43″N 9°31′26″W / 53.228723°N 9.523880°W / 53.228723; -9.523880 (Cloghmore Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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 53°14′24″N 8°03′28″W / 53.240134°N 8.057667°W / 53.240134; -8.057667 (Clonfert Abbey)
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
53°14′27″N 8°03′30″W / 53.2406959°N 8.0584259°W / 53.2406959; -8.0584259 (Clonfert Monastery)
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'
53°22′59″N 8°34′51″W / 53.3831236°N 8.5808372°W / 53.3831236; -8.5808372 (Clonkeenkerrill Friary)
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
53°16′47″N 8°12′42″W / 53.279636°N 8.2115936°W / 53.279636; -8.2115936 (Clontuskert Priory)
Cloonfush Monastery early monastic site, founded early 6th century by St Jarlath Cluain-fois [6]

53°30′55″N 8°54′05″W / 53.515205°N 8.901415°W / 53.515205; -8.901415 (Cloonfush Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Cloonyvornoge Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved 1585-6?; granted to John Newton 1597
Clonnavarnoge;
Cowlevernoge
Cowleneringe
53°29′28″N 9°05′36″W / 53.491141°N 9.093246°W / 53.491141; -9.093246 (Cloonyvornoge Friary (approx.)) (approx)
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
53°29′33″N 8°46′01″W / 53.492363°N 8.767007°W / 53.492363; -8.767007 (Creevaghbaun Friary)
Currabeg Monastery monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown
Donaghpatrick Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick Domnach-patraic;
Magna Saeoli
53°28′44″N 9°02′18″W / 53.478788°N 9.038208°W / 53.478788; -9.038208 (Donaghpatrick Monastery?) (?)
Drumacoo Monastery Well of Saint Sairnait (Saint Sourney) 2.jpg early monastic site Druim-muccado;
Droma-Mucada
53°11′55″N 8°54′17″W / 53.198661°N 8.904676°W / 53.198661; -8.904676 (Drumacoo Monastery)
Dunmore Monastery misidentification of Donaghpatrick[notes 12]
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?
53°37′13″N 8°44′31″W / 53.620412°N 8.742022°W / 53.620412; -8.742022 (Dunmore Friary and Abbey)
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
53°23′03″N 8°17′45″W / 53.384147°N 8.295708°W / 53.384147; -8.295708 (Eglish Friary (approx.)) (approx)
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
[7]
Esker Monastery Esker Monastery 2010 09 17.jpg Redemptorists [7]

53°16′56″N 8°40′55″W / 53.282215°N 8.681930°W / 53.282215; -8.681930 (Esker Monastery)
Fallig Friary ≈~ Franciscan Friars - probable confusion for Killeigh (Fallig), County Offaly[notes 13] 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
53°16′17″N 9°02′49″W / 53.271320°N 9.047075°W / 53.271320; -9.047075 (Galway Augustinian Friary)
Galway Augustinian Friary *, later site Augustinian Friars;
church opened 4 September 1859;
extant
[8]

53°16′19″N 9°03′08″W / 53.272053°N 9.052101°W / 53.272053; -9.052101 (Galway Augustinian Friary, later site)
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)
53°16′19″N 9°03′08″W / 53.271816°N 9.052252°W / 53.271816; -9.052252 (Galway Dominican Nunnery, first site)
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
53°16′17″N 9°03′17″W / 53.271424°N 9.054644°W / 53.271424; -9.054644 (Galway Dominican Nunnery, second site)
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
[9]

53°16′05″N 9°04′43″W / 53.268165°N 9.078548°W / 53.268165; -9.078548 (Galway Dominican Nunnery, current site)
Galway Franciscan Friary * Franciscan Friars
built 1660;
re-built 1781; extant
[10]

53°16′34″N 9°03′17″W / 53.2759794°N 9.054746°W / 53.2759794; -9.054746 (Galway Franciscan Abbey)
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;
____________________
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
[11]

53°16′31″N 9°03′15″W / 53.275280°N 9.054121°W / 53.275280; -9.054121 (Galway Friary)
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 licence 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
53°16′06″N 9°03′23″W / 53.268248°N 9.056527°W / 53.268248; -9.056527 (Galway Priory)
Gortnabishaun Monastery,
Kilconla parish
early monastic site 53°32′32″N 9°01′36″W / 53.542348°N 9.026642°W / 53.542348; -9.026642 (Gortnabishaun Monastery)
Gorumna Island,
Killanin parish
early monastic site, "abbey"[notes 14] Gailimh;
Galvia;
Ngaillim;
Bun-Gaillmhs;
Bongal
[12]

53°14′09″N 9°41′56″W / 53.235864°N 9.698954°W / 53.235864; -9.698954 (Gorumna Island Monastery)
Grange Cistercian monks
grange of Boyle
Grainsearchmhaonmhai;
Grange of Mowyny
High Island Monastery early monastic site, founded before 665 by St Fechin Ardoilen;
Cellgradhaandomhain
53°32′39″N 10°15′44″W / 53.544133°N 10.262089°W / 53.544133; -10.262089 (High Island Monastery)
Illaunmore Monastery Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in County Clare
Inchiquin Monastery early monastic site, founded before 626 by St Brendan the Navigator Inis-mac-ui-chuind;
Insi-ui-chuinn;
Inisquin
53°27′48″N 9°14′16″W / 53.463340°N 9.237860°W / 53.463340; -9.237860 (Inchiquin Monastery)
Inishark Monastery early monastic site Inisairc 53°36′22″N 10°16′04″W / 53.606002°N 10.267668°W / 53.606002; -10.267668 (Inishark Monastery)
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
53°36′56″N 10°11′20″W / 53.6154609°N 10.1887572°W / 53.6154609; -10.1887572 (Inishbofin Monastery)
Inisheer Monastery
Aran Islands
early monastic site Ada-airthir;
Ara-coemhain;
Airdne-coimhain;
Ardcoenmain?
53°03′35″N 9°32′11″W / 53.059800°N 9.536519°W / 53.059800; -9.536519 (Inisheer Monastery)
Inishlackan Friary purported Franciscan Friars[notes 15]
Inishmaan Monastery
Aran Islands
early monastic site, two churches under the parish of St Enda, Inishmore Inismedhon;
Middle Island
53°04′52″N 9°35′42″W / 53.081169°N 9.595077°W / 53.081169; -9.595077 (Inishmaan Monastery)
Inishmicatreer Monastery early monastic site;
"Abbey in ruins"[notes 16]
'Inishmicatreer Abbey' ;
Inish-mictreer
53°29′57″N 9°15′01″W / 53.499266°N 9.250311°W / 53.499266; -9.250311 (Inishmicatreer Monastery)
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 17] or First Order[notes 18]
founded after 1484, founder unknown;[notes 19] 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)
53°07′19″N 9°40′07″W / 53.121989°N 9.668747°W / 53.121989; -9.668747 (Inishmore Monastery)
Inishnee Monastery early monastic site, founded before 768 Inis-eidnigh? 53°23′34″N 9°54′06″W / 53.392798°N 9.901600°W / 53.392798; -9.901600 (Inishnee Monastery)
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
53°32′19″N 8°53′31″W / 53.538749°N 8.892001°W / 53.538749; -8.892001 (Kilbennan Monastery)
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 53°17′19″N 8°19′01″W / 53.288616°N 8.317080°W / 53.288616; -8.317080 (Kilcommedan Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Kilconla Monastery early monastic site, founded reputedly by St Conlat Cell-connla;
Kilconly
53°35′21″N 8°59′53″W / 53.589162°N 8.998135°W / 53.589162; -8.998135 (Kilconla Monastery)
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
[13]

53°19′58″N 8°24′03″W / 53.332705°N 8.400807°W / 53.332705; -8.400807 (Kilconnell Monastery)
Kilconnell Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Conall
Kilcoona Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Colmcille, site granted by Tibrades, son of Prince Maelduin, built by St Cuanna (Cuannach) Cellcuannathe;
Kilcoonagh
53°26′35″N 9°01′59″W / 53.443021°N 9.033160°W / 53.443021; -9.033160 (Kilcoona Monastery)
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 53°07′31″N 8°18′22″W / 53.125176°N 8.306072°W / 53.125176; -8.306072 (Kilcorban Friary)
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
53°33′48″N 8°54′14″W / 53.563267°N 8.903778°W / 53.563267; -8.903778 (Kilcreevanty Abbey)
Kilcummin Monastery ~ early monastic site, founded by St Coeman Kill-choemain;
Cell-coemain
53°14′26″N 9°45′31″W / 53.240564°N 9.758606°W / 53.240564; -9.758606 (Kilcummin Monastery (vaguely)) (vaguely)
Kilkilvery Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs until at least 11th century;
later passed to the Fratres Cruciferi of Castledermot
Cell-cillbile 53°28′27″N 9°06′26″W / 53.474255°N 9.107323°W / 53.474255; -9.107323 (Kilkilvery Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
53°30′05″N 9°03′04″W / 53.501420°N 9.051055°W / 53.501420; -9.051055 (Killamanagh Monastery)
Killeely Monastery early monastic site 53°12′33″N 8°51′25″W / 53.209242°N 8.857003°W / 53.209242; -8.857003 (Killeely Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Killeenmunterlane Monastery early monastic site 53°11′54″N 8°53′14″W / 53.198436°N 8.887146°W / 53.198436; -8.887146 (Killeenmunterlane Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Killower Monastery early monastic site;
erenaghs 11th century
Killawyr 53°30′47″N 8°57′14″W / 53.513062°N 8.953900°W / 53.513062; -8.953900 (Killower Monastery)
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
53°28′04″N 9°08′42″W / 53.467747°N 9.144884°W / 53.467747; -9.144884 (Killursa Monastery)
Kilmacduagh Monastery Kilmacduagh Abbey of St. Mary de Petra 2015 08 31.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
53°02′53″N 8°53′17″W / 53.0480262°N 8.8880253°W / 53.0480262; -8.8880253 (Kilmacduagh Abbey)
Kilmeen Monastery early monastic site Cell-mian 53°12′19″N 8°29′51″W / 53.205261°N 8.497496°W / 53.205261; -8.497496 (Kilmeen Monastery)
Kilmurry Friary Franciscan Friars
given as Dominican Friars[notes 20]
Cell-mhuire;
Kilmurray
53°34′09″N 8°41′22″W / 53.569065°N 8.689531°W / 53.569065; -8.689531 (Kilmurry Friary)
Kilreekill Monastery early monastic site, nuns
reputedly founded by St Patrick for his sister Richella
Cell-richill 53°13′49″N 8°27′13″W / 53.230290°N 8.453722°W / 53.230290; -8.453722 (Kilreekill Monastery)
Kiltiernan Monastery early monastic site Cell-tighernain 53°11′17″N 8°50′33″W / 53.188023°N 8.842610°W / 53.188023; -8.842610 (Kiltiernan Monastery)
Kiltullagh Monastery early monastic site;
possibly not continuing after 10th century
Cell-tulach-mhaonmhai 53°18′47″N 8°57′18″W / 53.313083°N 8.955059°W / 53.313083; -8.955059 (Kiltullagh Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
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
[14]

53°06′10″N 8°23′39″W / 53.1026822°N 8.3940697°W / 53.1026822; -8.3940697 (Kinalehin Friary)
Kinvarra Monastery early monastic site, patron St Coman Ceamm-mhara;
Cenn-mara
53°08′21″N 8°56′13″W / 53.139305°N 8.936992°W / 53.139305; -8.936992 (Kinvarra Monastery)
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
53°26′26″N 8°44′33″W / 53.440519°N 8.742571°W / 53.440519; -8.742571 (Knockmoy Abbey)
Kylemore Abbey Kylemoreabbey.jpg Benedictine nuns
Mansion served as convent boarding school until closure in 2010
53°33′42″N 9°53′22″W / 53.561724°N 9.889439°W / 53.561724; -9.889439 (Kylemore Abbey)
Lissonuffy Cell Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in 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
53°11′56″N 8°34′08″W / 53.199°N 8.569°W / 53.199; -8.569 (Loughrea Priory)
Loughrea Abbey * Discalced Carmelite Friars
founded 19th century;
extant
53°12′01″N 8°34′13″W / 53.200405°N 8.570168°W / 53.200405; -8.570168 (Loughrea Priory, current site)
Maghee Monastery ~ early monastic site, possibly County Galway, location unidentified Mag-Cé;
Magele;
Magelle;
Magtriudi
location unknown
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
53°10′25″N 8°05′08″W / 53.173600°N 8.085498°W / 53.173600; -8.085498 (Meelick Friary)
Monasternalea Monastery early monastic site
erroneously purportedly Franciscan Friars,[notes 21] — reliable evidence lacking
Abbey Grey Monastery;
Abbeygrey Monastery;
Mainistir na Liath;
Kilmore-ne-togher?
53°33′29″N 8°21′56″W / 53.5580536°N 8.3655739°W / 53.5580536; -8.3655739 (Monasternalea (Abbey Grey) Monastery)
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
53°32′08″N 10°10′31″W / 53.535506°N 10.175411°W / 53.535506; -10.175411 (Omey Monastery)

(ruins re-sited at 53°32′02″N 10°09′26″W / 53.533906°N 10.157118°W / 53.533906; -10.157118 (Omey Monastery (re-sited)))

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
53°05′10″N 8°13′03″W / 53.086075°N 8.217595°W / 53.086075; -8.217595 (Portumna Friary)
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;
Portomna;
Portompria
Rafwee Monastery early monastic site, coarb 11th century Raithbuidhe 53°26′55″N 9°04′13″W / 53.448500°N 9.070330°W / 53.448500; -9.070330 (Rawfee Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Rathmagh Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Brendan of Clonfert Raithmaige 53°27′04″N 9°10′38″W / 53.451005°N 9.177361°W / 53.451005; -9.177361 (Rathmagh Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Roscam Roscam Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Site 2.JPG 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
53°28′47″N 9°07′54″W / 53.479707°N 9.131543°W / 53.479707; -9.131543 (Ross Errilly Friary)
Rosshill Monastery early monastic site, reputedly founded by St Brendan of Clonfert;
"'Abbey' site"[notes 22]
Teampull Brandon 53°33′15″N 9°22′07″W / 53.554185°N 9.368495°W / 53.554185; -9.368495 (Rosshill Monastery)
Roundstone Monastery Historical photo;
Historical photo
Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded 1835;
site redeveloped
53°23′32″N 9°54′59″W / 53.392168°N 9.916368°W / 53.392168; -9.916368 (Roundstone Priory (site))
St Macdara's Island Monastery early emeritical monastic site, founded by St (Sionnach) Mac Dara Cruach Macdara;
Cruanacara
[15]

53°18′12″N 9°55′05″W / 53.303390°N 9.918079°W / 53.303390; -9.918079 (St Macdara's Island Monastery)
Templemoyle-Kiltullagh Friary Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded after 1441;
dissolved 1595; granted to Edmond Barrett
Tombmoyle 53°20′19″N 8°41′39″W / 53.338717°N 8.694088°W / 53.338717; -8.694088 (Templemoyle-Kiltullagh Friary)
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
53°20′31″N 8°42′10″W / 53.342054°N 8.702792°W / 53.342054; -8.702792 (Tisaxon Friary)
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 licence 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
53°25′52″N 9°51′52″W / 53.431245°N 9.864462°W / 53.431245; -9.864462 (Toombeola Abbey)
Tuam Monastery + TuamRCCathedral-2.jpg early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Jarlath (Iarlath);
episcopal diocesan cathedral 1111; extant
53°30′55″N 8°50′51″W / 53.5153073°N 8.8473845°W / 53.5153073; -8.8473845 (Tuam Monastery)
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
53°30′52″N 8°51′11″W / 53.514440°N 8.853157°W / 53.514440; -8.853157 (Tuam Premonstratensian Abbey)
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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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey
  4. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland 1962, new edition 1967
  5. ^ Wadding
  6. ^ Harris's Table, in Ware-Harris, Antiquitie, 1745
  7. ^ Arch. Ord. Rome (Carmelite order), SM. II, C.O.. II. 26, p.13 (compiled 1739-59)
  8. ^ Ordnance Survey ½ inch;
  9. ^ Ordnance Survey 6 inch;
  10. ^ Louis Augustin Alemand, Monasticum Hibernicum, translated and edited by John Stevens, 1722, p.281 and Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.277
  11. ^ not John de Colgan II as suggested by Ware and others
  12. ^ Mervyn Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, 1786, p.231 mistakenly states Dunmore Friary was located on the site of an early monastery
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ Ordnance Survey
  15. ^ Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland, 1962 (1967 edition), p.414
  16. ^ Ordnance Survey
  17. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), i, p.104
  18. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), i, p.27
  19. ^ Analecta Hibernica (Irish Manuscript Commission) No.6, November 1934 (OFM), ii, p.161
  20. ^ H. T. Knox, Notes on Early History of Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, 1904, p.296
  21. ^ Canice Mooney, The Franciscans in Ireland, Terminus (Mar-Apr 1956), p.143;
  22. ^ Ordnance Survey

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