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The Northwest Sights

Creevelea Abbey

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Updated 04/28/2014

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A few minutes' walk along a footpath south of Parke's Castle lie the handsome ruins of Creevelea Abbey. In fact not an abbey but a friary, Creevelea was founded for the Franciscans in 1508 by a later generation of O'Rourkes. It was the last Franciscan community to be founded before the suppression of the monasteries by England's King Henry VIII. Like many other decrepit abbeys, the place still holds religious significance for the locals, who revere it. One curiosity here is the especially large south transept; notice, too, its cloisters, with well-executed carvings on the pillars of St. Francis of Assisi.

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R288, Dromahair, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Updated 04/28/2014


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