Sligo Abbey

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The Abbey ruins in 1791
Sligo Abbey, as seen from the adjacent street.

Sligo Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Shligigh), a ruined abbey in Sligo, Ireland, (officially called the Dominican Friary of Sligo) was originally built in 1253 by the order of Maurice Fitzgerald, Baron of Offaly. It was destroyed in 1414 by a fire, ravaged during the Nine Years' War in 1595 and once more in 1641 during the Ulster Uprising.[citation needed] The friars moved out in the 18th century, but Lord Palmerston restored the Abbey in the 1850s. Currently, it is open to the public.

It appears in two short stories by William Butler Yeats: The Crucifixion of the Outcast, set in the Middle Ages, and The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows describing its destruction in 1641.[1]


  1. ^ Steven Putzel (1986). Reconstructing Yeats: The Secret Rose and The Wind Among the Reeds. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 12–. ISBN 978-0-389-20600-2. 

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Coordinates: 54°16′15″N 8°28′12″W / 54.270809°N 8.470091°W / 54.270809; -8.470091