Moyne Abbey

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Coordinates: 54°12′08″N 9°10′37″W / 54.202234°N 9.177070°W / 54.202234; -9.177070 (Moyne Abbey)

The Abbey

Moyne Abbey is one of the most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Mayo [1] and a National Monument. It was founded before the year (1455) by the Burke family as a Franciscan friary and consecrated in 1462. It is located north of Ballina on the west side of Killala Bay. Like its neighbour, Rosserk Friary, it was burnt by Sir Richard Bingham, Elizabeth I of England's governor of Connacht, in 1590 in reformationist zeal.

The friary was built in the late Irish Gothic style and has extensive ruins, consisting of a church and domestic buildings situated around a central cloister. Its west doorway is a seventeenth insertion. Its east window displays fine switchline tracery.


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