Timoleague Friary

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Timoleague Friary
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Timoleague Friary is located in Ireland
Timoleague Friary
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
DioceseCork and Ross
Founder(s)Domhnall Got MacCarthy or William de Barry
LocationTimoleague, County Cork, Ireland
Coordinates51°38′33″N 8°45′47″W / 51.64250°N 8.76306°W / 51.64250; -8.76306Coordinates: 51°38′33″N 8°45′47″W / 51.64250°N 8.76306°W / 51.64250; -8.76306
Public accessYes
Official nameTimoleague Friary
Reference no.21

Timoleague Friary is a Franciscan friary located in Timoleague, County Cork, Ireland. It was founded in 1240 by either the Anglo Norman de Barrys family or the MacCarthys of Desmond.

The friary is located on the site of an early Christian church dedicated to St Molaga, whose feast day was celebrated down to the seventeenth-century.

Timoleague is one of the few early Franciscan friaries with substantial standing remains in Ireland. Located in a medieval village in Co. Cork, it stands on the banks of the River Argideen overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay. The cellars are located in the east range and were connected directly to the river via an outbuilding. This would have allowed for the safe delivery of goods such as fish to the friary. The fifteenth century tower was inserted later, and is typical of Franciscan bell-towers. The building contains some mysterious wall passages, with tall arches on each side of the choir.[1]

Timoleague Franciscan friary is a National Monument in State Care (#21) and its RMP (Record of Monument & Place) number is CO123-050002-[2]


See also[edit]


  • Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Monastic Ireland
  • Timoleague Abbey in 'The Dublin Penny Journal' (19th century)
  • Andy Halpin; Conor Newman (26 October 2006). Ireland: An Oxford Archaeological Guide to Sites from Earliest Times to AD 1600. OUP Oxford. pp. 533–. ISBN 978-0-19-151317-6.