Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk

#18 of 39 in Historic Sites in County Mayo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Murrisk Augustinian Friary, located in County Mayo, Ireland, was founded on lands granted by Thady O'Malley in 1457 by Hugh O'Malley of Banada Friary, County Sligo who was granted permission by Callixtus III to establish a church and priory at Croagh Patrick because "the inhabitants of those parts have not hitherto been instructed in their faith.". The friary is built on the site reputed to be that of the original church founded by St. Patrick.

All that is left of Murrisk Abbey today are ruins consisting of a church with one central aisle (with battlemented walls and a fine east window), and the east wing of the Friary buildings. Behind the main altar space, the east window is the finest feature of the ruins. There was a belfry tower at the west end of the church, all that now survives of this tower is a vault. The church also contained the tombs of the family that founded it.

Despite being suppressed at the reformation, the friary continued until 1577 when the friars were driven out - in common with friars of other Augustinian friaries, the friars remained locally ministering to their people.

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  • TThis is a ruined abbey in a beautiful location. You can wander around and look up close. The nearby graveyard has a list and a map of all those buried there. It is worth a visit.  more »
  • It is not a big abbey, but definitely worth a visit, as you will, most likely stop there for Croagh Patrick. Nice views over the bay.  more »
  • Not so far from the main road, but far enough for have a magic atmosphere. Interesting view of a cemetery on the sea. Really near to the Croagh Patrick visitor center.
  • Interesting place great view out to sea...has a height limit barrier but was not in place when visited...
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