Errew Abbey, Mayo

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  • Created: June 24, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Mayo
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About 10 km South East of Crossmolina in County Mayo. The history of the abbey is traced from its foundation by St. Tiernan in the 6th century. Up to 1400 students from all over Europe are said to have studied here. A new building appears to have been erected around the end of the 12th century. The abbey was reduced to ruins by Cromwellian settlers. The abbey was dissolved in 1537. Around 1630 the abbey and its lands came into the possession of Sir Richard Blake. The dissolution deprived the people of a centre of hospitality, culture and education.There is a small ancient church or convent close by believed to have been built by St. Tiernan. The precious relic, Mias Thighernáin, or St. Tiernan's dish, is associated with Errew.

1. Errew Abbey, Mayo

Altitude: 22 m

About 10 km South East of Crossmolina in County Mayo. The history of the abbey is traced from its foundation by St. Tiernan in the 6th century. Up to 1400 students from all over Europe are said to have studied here. A new building appears to have been erected around the end of the 12th century. The abbey was reduced to ruins by Cromwellian settlers. The abbey was dissolved in 1537. Around 1630 the abbey and its lands came into the possession of Sir Richard Blake. The dissolution deprived the people of a centre of hospitality, culture and education.There is a small ancient church or convent close by believed to have been built by St. Tiernan. The precious relic, Mias Thighernáin, or St. Tiernan’s dish, is associated with Errew.