Ballindoon Priory, Sligo, Ireland

Visions Of The Past

Ballindoon Priory, standing as it does on the edge of a sloping field running down towards Lough Arrow, creates a very impressive aspect upon approach. This Dominican Priory, known as St Mary’s was built in 1507 by a Thomas O’ Farrell under the patronage of the Mc Donagh family who had a castle nearby. The interior of the site is beautiful, with a rare triple vaulted archway on two levels in the centre of the church, these archways form part of the bell tower. The church consists of a nave and chancel with a transept added later. The outer south wall of the structure contains and unusual external staircase. The church and its lands were confiscated during Henry VIII’s Suppression of the Monasteries.

The church contains the graveyard of eminent locals, one grave marks the final resting place of Terence McDonagh, who was the only Catholic barrister in Ireland during…

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