List of monastic houses in County Laois

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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.

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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.


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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
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 (Clonkeen) early monastic site, founded c.600
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
52°55′20″N 7°30′50″W / 52.922248°N 7.513960°W / 52.922248; -7.513960 (Aghaboe Monastery)
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
52°55′20″N 7°30′50″W / 52.922248°N 7.513960°W / 52.922248; -7.513960 (Aghaboe Priory)
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
52°49′14″N 7°30′36″W / 52.820627°N 7.510099°W / 52.820627; -7.510099 (Aghmacart Priory)
Aghmacart parish 'Abbey', nr Glenmacoll "Abbey (in ruins)"[notes 1] 52°48′09″N 7°29′45″W / 52.802632°N 7.495733°W / 52.802632; -7.495733 (Aghmacart parish 'Abbey')
Annatrim Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Mochoemoc (Pulcherius) Eadcruin;
Enach-truim
52°59′04″N 7°30′46″W / 52.984462°N 7.512760°W / 52.984462; -7.512760 (Annatrim Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Ardea parish 'Friary' nr River Triogue "Friary in ruins"[notes 2] 53°06′29″N 7°18′48″W / 53.107938°N 7.313461°W / 53.107938; -7.313461 (Ardea parish 'Friary' (approx.)) (approx)
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 3]
Abbey of Shanecourt;
Old Court
52°55′58″N 7°01′30″W / 52.932703°N 7.024958°W / 52.932703; -7.024958 (Ballylynan 'Abbey')
Clonagh 'Monastery', Killabban parish "Monastery (in ruins)"[notes 4] 52°53′38″N 6°58′27″W / 52.893985°N 6.974108°W / 52.893985; -6.974108 (Clonagh 'Monastery')
Clonenagh Monastery founded 6th century by St Fintan;
site now occupied by the remains of Clonenagh Church
Cluain-ednech;
Cluain-eidnech;
Cluain-oynach
[1]

53°00′37″N 7°25′23″W / 53.010329°N 7.422981°W / 53.010329; -7.422981 (Clonenagh Monastery)
Clonmeen Abbey supposed monastic site, order, foundation and period unknown;
"Site of Abbey"[notes 5]
Cluain-min 52°49′00″N 7°39′38″W / 52.816800°N 7.660601°W / 52.816800; -7.660601 (Clonmeen Abbey)
Durrow Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Fintan Loeldubh of Dermagh in Hiduach Durmagh-ua-nDuach;
Dermagh
52°50′43″N 7°24′00″W / 52.845297°N 7.399968°W / 52.845297; -7.399968 (Durrow Monastery (approx.)) (approx)
Dysartenos Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Oengus between retiring from Clonenagh and prior to move to Tallaght Disert-aengusa;
Disert-enos
53°01′00″N 7°13′58″W / 53.016565°N 7.232839°W / 53.016565; -7.232839 (Dysartenos Monastery)
Dysart Gallen Monastery early monastic site Disert-Chuilin 52°53′35″N 7°16′18″W / 52.893003°N 7.271659°W / 52.893003; -7.271659 (Dysart Gallen Monastery)
Errill Monastery early monastic site, purportedly founded 5th century by St Ciaran;
"Friary (in ruins)" and "Church (in ruins)"[notes 6]
52°51′15″N 7°40′29″W / 52.854225°N 7.674648°W / 52.854225; -7.674648 (Errill Monastery)
Kildellig Monastery early monastic site Cell-dellce;
Kil-edelig
52°54′25″N 7°33′00″W / 52.907026°N 7.550032°W / 52.907026; -7.550032 (Kildellig Monastery)
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
52°55′01″N 6°58′28″W / 52.916957°N 6.974559°W / 52.916957; -6.974559 (Killabban Monastery)
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 52°59′53″N 7°28′38″W / 52.998011°N 7.477108°W / 52.998011; -7.477108 (Mountrath Monastery & Nunnery (approx.)) (approx)
Mountrath Nunnery early monastic site, monks, possibly founded 6th century by St Brigid
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
53°00′32″N 7°08′01″W / 53.008887°N 7.13355°W / 53.008887; -7.13355 (Oughaval Monastery)
Newtown Nunnery purported ruins of a house of nuns,[notes 7] foundation, period, order and status unknown Baile-nua;
Cahir
[2]

52°50′19″N 7°27′18″W / 52.838603°N 7.455082°W / 52.838603; -7.455082 (Newtown Nunnery (approx.)) (approx)
Rathaspick Monastery early monastic site Raith-ne-n-epscop
Rosenallis Monastery founded by St Brigid of Kildare;
dissolved 1537
Ros-finglas 53°08′09″N 7°24′20″W / 53.135920°N 7.405638°W / 53.135920; -7.405638 (Rosenallis Monastery)
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.)
[3]

53°00′56″N 7°08′50″W / 53.015435°N 7.147198°W / 53.015435; -7.147198 (Stradbally Friary)
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
52°51′29″N 6°56′30″W / 52.858031°N 6.941733°W / 52.858031; -6.941733 (Sleaty Monastery)
Tempulna Cailleachdubh early monastic site, nuns 52°55′41″N 7°28′01″W / 52.927947°N 7.466841°W / 52.927947; -7.466841 (Tempulna Cailleachdubh (approx.)) (approx)
Timahoe Monastery TimahoeRoundTower2.JPG early monastic site, founded before 654 by St Mochua mac Lonan;
burned 1142
Tech-mochua;
Timohoe
52°57′37″N 7°12′12″W / 52.960305°N 7.203228°W / 52.960305; -7.203228 (Timahoe Monastery)



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  7. ^ W. Carrigan, History and Antiquities of Ossory, 1905, ii

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