Creevelea Friary

Creevelea Frairy

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Name Creevelea Frairy County Leitrim Nearest Town Sligo Access Road R287/289 About The Creevelea Friary is located just west of Dromahair and is accessible by foot.

It was founded in 1580 by Owen and Margaret ORourke in Creevale and was the last Franciscan friary to be built in Ireland before the Dissolution.

This building is now in ruins but the entire instead still functions as a graveyard.

Creevelea Friary is located on the edge of the town of Drumahair, the most convenient access route is a footbridge across the River Bonet from the car park of the Abbey Manor Hotel.

This monastery of the Franciscan Third Order Regular, was founded by Eoin O'Rourke and his wife Margaret in 1508.

The friary had a short and turbulent history, beginning with its partial destruction by an accidental fire in 1536.

No sooner was in restored than it was suppressed, under the general policy of the suppression of monasteries imposed by Henry VIII.

The Friars occupied the site periodically from this time to the end of the seventeenth century, whenever political conditions in the area allowed.

The friary consists of the church, the cloister and domestic buildings.

The tower, which stands above the church, was converted for use as living quarters in the 17th century and it would originally have served as a bell-tower.

At one point in its later history the church was roofed with thatch.

The cloister is an almost square court yard surrounded by the church and three ranges, the domestic buildings of the friary.

The arcading, which would have formed a walkway around the cloister, survives for half its original length.

The pillars, which support the arcades, have been carved and two of these and depict St.


Reconstruction drawings of the site have given us an impression of what the site may have looked like when the monks first inhabited it.