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List of monastic houses in County Fermanagh


In this article, smaller establishments such as monastic cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks) and camerae of the military orders of monks (Knights Templars and Knights Hospitallers) are included. The numerous monastic hospitals per se are not included here unless at some time the foundation had, or was purported to have, the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptory/commandery.

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Communities/provenance: shows the status and communities existing at each establishment, together with such dates as have been established as well as the fate of the establishment after dissolution, and the current status of the site.

Formal name or dedication: shows the formal name of the establishment or the person in whose name the church is dedicated, where known.

Alternative names: some of the establishments have had alternative names over the course of time. In order to assist in text-searching such alternatives in name or spelling have been provided.

Monastic glossary: following the listing, provides links to articles on the particular monastic orders as well as other terms which appear in the listing.

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Alphabetical listing of establishmentsEdit

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Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References & Location
Aghalurcher Monastery   early monastic site, founded 8th century by St Ronan, son of Aedh Dubh Achad-urchaire
54°14′04″N 7°27′06″W / 54.2345000°N 7.4518000°W / 54.2345000; -7.4518000 (Aghalurcher Monastery (approx. loc.))
Aghavea Monastery early monastic site, founded 6th century (about the time of St Molaise of Devenish) by Lasair of Achad-beithe Achad-beithe 54°17′34″N 7°25′30″W / 54.2926973°N 7.4249067°W / 54.2926973; -7.4249067 (Aghavea Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Aredmuilt Monastery early monastic site, probably Derryvullan Ariodmuilt
Boho Monastery early monastic site Botha
St Faber
54°20′59″N 7°47′45″W / 54.3497°N 7.7957°W / 54.3497; -7.7957 (Boho Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Davy's Island Monastery Augustinian Canons Regular
cell of Lisgoole; ruined wall purported to be remains of the cell
Inishmore [3]
54°28′55″N 7°46′45″W / 54.4818289°N 7.779048°W / 54.4818289; -7.779048 (Davy's Island Monastery (appros. loc.)) (approx)
Derrybrusk Monastery Daire-broscaidh;
Belle Isle
Devenish Island Abbey, Lough Erne   Augustinian Canons Regular — probably from SS Peter & Paul, Armagh
founded 1130, adjacent to Culdees house (see immediately below);
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian
dependent on Armagh after 1140;
burned 1157 and 1360;
apparently dependent on Clogher 1427;
dissolved after 1600; deserted 1607;
possibly Augustinian Friars (if Dominensis)
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Devenish Island

St Laserian's parish and collegiate church (1457)
Devenish Island Priory;
54°22′12″N 7°39′17″W / 54.3700981°N 7.654758°W / 54.3700981; -7.654758 (Devenish Island Abbey)
Devenish Monastery early monastic site, founded before 564 or 571 by St Molaise (Laisre)
Culdees from 10th century
Gola Priory Dominican Friars
founded after 1660 by Fr John MacManus, obtaining land from Lord Enniskillen
The Priory of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
54°17′31″N 7°32′32″W / 54.291908°N 7.542196°W / 54.291908; -7.542196 (Gola Priory)
Iniseo Monastery early monastic site, founded before 777 by St Constans Ins-eo;
Inisionois in Lough Erne;
Inishmacsaint Monastery, Lough Erne   founded 6th century by Saint Ninnidh Láimhdhearg Inis-maige-samh, Island of the Sorrel Plain 54°26′08″N 7°44′43″W / 54.435556°N 7.745278°W / 54.435556; -7.745278 (Inishmacsaint Monastery)
Inisrocha Monastery, Lough Erne early monastic site, listed as an abbey
Kilcoo Monastery early monastic site, founded by St Patrick?;
remains of high cross
St Patrick? [7]
54°22′34″N 8°03′27″W / 54.3760862°N 8.0575482°W / 54.3760862; -8.0575482 (Kilcoo Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Kiltierney Monastery early monastic site?;
Cistercian monks
54°30′43″N 7°39′29″W / 54.5119515°N 7.6579205°W / 54.5119515; -7.6579205 (Kiltierney Monastery)
Kinawley Monastery early monastic site, founded before 563 Cell-naale;
54°13′35″N 7°39′07″W / 54.2263642°N 7.6518212°W / 54.2263642; -7.6518212 (Kinawley Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Lisgoole Abbey # founded 1106?
built on site of early monastery (see immediately below);
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1145 by Mc'Noellus Mackenlef, King of Ulaid;
Augustinian Canons RegularArroasian?
possibly adopted between 1140 and 1148 at the behest of St Malachy;
became ruinous, dissolved 1583 (c.1580);
Observant Franciscan Friars
reformed 1580-3;
dissolved 1598, friars expelled;
refounded at another location 1616 to before 1811
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Mary, Lisgoole [8]
54°19′29″N 7°37′49″W / 54.3247757°N 7.630216°W / 54.3247757; -7.630216 (Lisgoole Abbey (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Lisgoole Monastery # early monastic site;
site later occupied by Augustinian priory (see immediately above)
The monastery of Saint Aid, Lisgoole;
Magheracross Monastery apparent early monastic site, Culdee Machaire-na-croise 54°12′43″N 7°29′49″W / 54.212°N 7.497°W / 54.212; -7.497 (Magheracross Monastery (approx. loc.)) (approx)
Pubble Monastery early monastic site Popull;
Chappell of Popull;
54°21′57″N 7°29′23″W / 54.36586°N 7.48963°W / 54.36586; -7.48963 (Pubble Monastery)
Rossory Monastery early monastic site, nuns
founded before 480 by St Fanchea;
church of St Fuinche founded 1084;
hospital or hospice founded c.1371?
54°20′06″N 7°38′45″W / 54.334908°N 7.645815°W / 54.334908; -7.645815 (Rossory Monastery)
Tivealough Monastery ø
  possibly an early Christian monastic site, fd. before the 12th century;[12] purportedly Franciscan Friars[13] evidence lacking;[14][12]
medieval ruins described as 'abbey or church'
Tivea Lough;
Keenaghan Abbey
54°29′18″N 8°02′05″W / 54.4883351°N 8.0347829°W / 54.4883351; -8.0347829 (Tivealough Friary (approx. loc.)) (approx)
White Island Monastery? attempts made to identify this location as being Eo-inis monastery    

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