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Creevylea Abbey

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Dromahair, Leitrim, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)719620170
E: northwestinfo@failteireland.ie

Found just outside of Dromahair in County Leitrim, Creevylea Abbey was one of the last monasteries established in Ireland prior to the suppression under Henry VIII. It is particularly noted for a lovely stone carving of St Francis of Assisi.

Creevylea Abbey boasts a lovely, scenic location along the banks of the River Bonet, just outside the village of Dromahair in County Leitrim. It’s thought that the wife of Owen O’Rourke established the Franciscan monastery in 1508, though it survived little time, as Henry VIII called for the dissolution of the monasteries less than 30 years later.

The ruin comprises nave, choir, south transept and the bell tower, which was converted into living quarters in the 17th century. There is also a cloister that features interesting stone carvings, including one of St Francis of Assisi preaching to birds.