List of monastic houses in County Leitrim
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.
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
Locations with names in italics indicate probable duplication (misidentification with another location) or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented).
Alphabetical listing of establishments
|Foundation||Image||Communities & Provenance||Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
|OnLine References & Location|
|Annaduffe Abbey||early monastic site; founded 766, purportedly patronised by Comin Ea (possibly Cuimmin Fionn, Abbot of Iona);
possibly ceased to exist 12th century;
C.I. parochial church on site
|Cloone Monastery||early monastic site, founded 6th century (probably before 570), by St Cruimthir Fraech (in the time of St Colmcille)||Cluain-chollaing;
|Cuivelleagh Friary ≈||Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular
founded by Lord of Chanligh, confirmed by the "Bishop of Athenry" (probably Achonry) and the pope;
probable mistaken reference to Creevelea (Dromahair), q.v.
|Dromahair Friary||Observant Franciscan Friars
founded 1508 by Margaret O'Brien (buried here), wife of Eoghan O'Rourke;
rebuilt by Brian Ballach O'Rourke;
dissolved c.1598; partly occupied by the English;
occupied by a Harrison c.1617;
another house built for friars 1618;
reoccupied by friars 1642 and shortly after the Restoration to 1837
|Drumlease Monastery||early monastic site, founded 5th century by St Patrick||Druim-lias;
|Drumreilly Monastery||early monastic site;
reference to hospital, 1479
|Fenagh Monastery||early monastic site;
plundered and damaged 1244;
possible community in existence up to 16th century
|Jamestown Friary||Franciscan Friars
convent founded 1641 or later
|Killanummery Monastery||early monastic site;
erenaghs in 14th century;
with hospital 1595
|Killarga Monastery||early monastic site;
erenaghs until at least 1416
|Killasnet Monastery||early monastic site, nuns
founded by St Osnata
|Grange of Muintir Eolais[notes 1]||"Abbey",[notes 2]
ruins of abbey,[notes 3]
ruins of church[notes 4]
|Lough Nahoo Monastery||early monastic site, purportedly founded by 500||Lough-uama;
|Monastery of Mohill-Manchan||early monastic site, founded 6th century by St Manchan;
Attacked in 1590,
parcel of monastery granted to Edward Barret 1592
Mohill granted to Terence (Tirlaughe) O'Byrne 1594
Irish: Maethail, Maothail, Maethail-Manachain, Maothail-Manachain;
Middle English: Maethla, Moithla, Moethla, Mucgail, Moghill, Mayhel;
Latin: Mathail, Nouella
|Rosfriar||Franciscan Friars — from Donegal
probable place of refuge
|Rosinver||early monastic site, purportedly founded either by St Maedoc or St Tighernach;
coarbs recorded to 1438
|early monastic site, nuns
founded before 810 by Tigernach (St Tigenach), Abbot of Killeigh, for his mother, St Mella;
possible "Abbey" site[notes 5]
References and notes
- Place names database of Ireland #29298
- Ordnance Survey
- Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, iv, p.2
- Lord Killanin & M. V. Duignan, Shell Guide to Ireland 1962, new edition 1967, p.346
- Ordnance Survey
- Lewis 1837, pp. 215.
- Morrin 1862, pp. 219.
- Morrin 1862, pp. 267.
- Site details: Mohill Priory - Monastic Ireland - A Comprehensive Database of Sites and Sources
- Morrin, James (1862). Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland, of the Reigns of Henry VIII., Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth ...: 1576-1602. II of Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland, of the Reigns of Henry VIII. (Ireland. Chancery. ed.). A. Thom & sons.
- Lewis, Samuel (1837). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Volume 1 (Original from Lyon Public Library, digitized 19 Aug 2011 ed.). Lewis.