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Inchmacnerin Abbey

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Established  6th century
Diocese  Elphin
Founder  Columba
Disestablished  before 1596
Status  inactive
Mother house  Arrouaise Abbey
Inchmacnerin Abbey
Other names  Eas-mac-neire; Inis-mac-n-erin; Insula-Macnery; Insula-Machum; Inch-vicrinni
Order  Canons Regular (Augustinians)

Inchmacnerin Abbey is a former monastery and National Monument located in Lough Key, Ireland.

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Location

Inchmacnerin Abbey is located on Church Island, an island of 2.1 ha (5.1 ac) in the western part of Lough Key.

History

A monastic site existed on the island from the 6th century AD, supposedly founded by Columba (Saint Colum Cille). The name derives from Inis Mac nEirinn, "island of a son of Ireland",

It was refounded as an Augustinian priory some time between 1140 and 1170. Some of the Annals of Loch Cé may have been written here, as well as at Holy Trinity Abbey located on the same lake.

It was dissolved c. 1569 and the land granted to William Taaffe in 1596.

The island was excavated in 2000, recovering parts of a stone church.

References

Inchmacnerin Abbey Wikipedia


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