The Nave

Creevelea Abbey

When we arrived in Dromahair County Leitrim we saw a sign for the abbey. This particular route to the abbey brought us along a gorgeous track through trees by the banks of the fast flowing Bonet River. As we walked up the hill to the Franciscan Friary, the east gable of the chancel dominated the horizon. From this angle the ruins of the abbey did not appear to be that large. But we were pleasantly surprised to find the ruins were very extensive. Founded in 1508 by Owen O'Rourke, the church consists of a nave, chancel, tower and south Transept. To the north of the church are remains of a large cloister, a chapterhouse and lots of domestic buildings including the kitchen.had a great

The two arches leading to the south transept

The Cloister

Further north of the Cloister is the Refectory. We had a fabulous time at the abbey wandering in and out of all the various rooms. I was totally amazed by all the different doorways leading to the many little nooks and crannies located around the ruins. I had seen a photograph of a carved figure of St Francis in the archaeological inventory of Leitrim. I spent quite a lot of time trying to locate this figure in the ruins . It is found under one of the northern arches of the cloister. Also in this area is another carved figure, a monk standing in a pulpit. Both of these carvings are featured below. The header image was taken from a hill to the south of the friary.

Some of the many doorways present at the abbey

Pictured above are some of the carved figures from the abbey. The first two images are said to represent St Francis.

Situated: From Sligo head east on the R286 following the signs for Dromahair. Approx 1 kilometre passed Parke's Castle take a right onto the R288. This brings you into Dromahair. Park at the hotel and walk down behind it following the signs. Or alternatively drive through the town turning right onto the R287. Then take the next right.

Google Map

Discovery Map 16: G 7981 3141. Last visit Sept 2010.

Longitude: 8° 18' 35" W

Latitude: 54° 13' 52" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey, Deb Snelson.

First view of the Chancel

 

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