Creevelea Abbey, Dromahair

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2012 20:53

Creevelea Abbey is located on the outskirts of Dromahair village, just 9 miles from Manorhamilton.  It is a Franciscan Friary which was founded by Owen O'Rourke in 1508 and was the last Franciscan Friary to be founded in Ireland. 

The friary was accidentally burned in 1536 and was probably not fully repaired before the Suppression. It was still in use in 1574 but was taken over and used as stables in 1590. The Franciscans returned in the 17th century but were forced to leave by the Cromwellian army.  It was in use until the 17th century when the Franciscans were forced to leave by the Cromwellian army. The nave, choir, tower and transept are well preserved and it is now protected as a national monument. Carvings of St Francis can be seen in the Cloisters pillars.

In the Abbey, Fr Bernard McGovern is buried. There are Cures attributed to this Priest. One has to take 3 teaspoons of clay from his grave and say nine novenas for nine days and return the clay to the grave.

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