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Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

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Address: The Quay, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Description: The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.

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A little fragment of local history worth a visit!

Ruins of the Olde Abbey connected historically to the O'Donnell Castle in Donegal town. Restored Abbey ruins tells the story of the area and its citizens through the ages.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Anne T
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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Montgomery, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Easy to get to, just walk a few yards from the tourist info. center. historic ruins and cemetery. worth a short stroll

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a forlorn graveyard beside Donegal Bay that is still in use. Some ruins of the original abbey stand but little is left; there’s a plaque showing the layout of the original abbey. I only wish there had been more information available about the site, though I suppose you could read up on in online beforehand. I wouldn’t say... More 

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Ruins of the Olde Abbey connected historically to the O'Donnell Castle in Donegal town. Restored Abbey ruins tells the story of the area and its citizens through the ages.

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County Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very easy to find in Donegal town, near the tourist office, a veri scenic cemetery in front of the Ocean.

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

i thought it was triffic, i walked a bit, was triffic, but overall with umbrellas i still found it triffic, nice though, triffic,.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A lovely setting over the river but little remains of the abbey. We found the tomb stones and the information they provided of more interest

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

These were lovely ruins of the abbey. Gorgeous to see and to venture around finding out factual info from graves and so forth. Very calming also been close to the sea.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

When I visit Donegal Town I always visit Donegal Friary. I find it a very peaceful place overlooking Donegal bay. The grounds around the Friary have been used over the years as a graveyard. Its nice to sit on the wall and look out over the bay.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Not much to see but if you know Irish history and the Four Masters it's very cool. Right along the bay, it's a very pretty site.

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a lovely peaceful graveyard amongst the ruins of the old Abbey. Lucky enough to find some relatives buried there. The sun was bursting out of the sky when we visited, couldn't have had a better day for it.

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