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Boyle Abbey - Boyle, County Roscommon
A monastic site in Boyle in County Roscommon
Boyle Abbey is a Cistercian monastery founded in the twelfth century by monks from Mellifont Abbey under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. It was one of the most powerful of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland and among the foremost in Connacht.
Cromwellian forces devastated the site when they occupied the abbey in 1659. It was further mutilated during the following centuries, when it was used to accommodate a military garrison. Despite all the violence it has suffered over the centuries, Boyle Abbey is well preserved and retains its ability to impress.
A sixteenth/seventeenth-century gatehouse has been restored and turned into an interpretive centre, where you can learn more about the abbey’s gripping history.
Directions to Boyle Abbey
Located in Boyle town, off the N4 (Dublin-Sligo) road.
Sat Nav: 53.973603, -8.296919
Please Note: Picture is courtesy of photographic unit of the department of environment, heritage and local government.
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