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Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey)

The Quay, Donegal Town, Ireland
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.
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Dallas, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
46 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We were here as the sun was setting and it was awe inspiring. Walking around and reading the ancient headstones made you stop and think about the people who were there so many years ago.

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Leitrim, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

i must say staff lovely and friendly.met with some friends was in no hurry to leave, will call again.

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Castlelyons
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We took a lovely evening stroll around the Abbey. It was fascinating to look at the ruins. We read a lot of the gravestone and it made you very aware of the different times. Very sad to see all the graves of kids and babies. The whole site is steeped in history and all in all, a lovely place.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The graveyard give so much local social history as well as history of the abbey. Well worth a visit. Great Scenery of the lough as well

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Abbey is just a set of ruins near the water. There are placards explaining the history dispersed throughout the ruins. The walking can be a bit difficult, although there are stairs for going up and down, and a sidewalk, but it did not appear to be handicapped friendly.

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

was very interesting to learn about the history of this place and on a nice day its hard to beat the view

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Just down from the tourist office, it's very worthwhile visiting this very atmospheric spot - you'll have some lovely photos overlooking the bay to take back home. On the subject of the tourist office, their staff really go out of their way to help - I got a lot of help with ancestry research - could have spent a lot... More

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Lurgan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Not much to say really. If you like to know about the history of the abbey and like to take time to reflect, this is the place to do it. A nice way to pass an hour or two. My partner loved it, she into history and found it very interesting, unfortunatly I'm not,but it was still interesting.

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Sandwick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Enjoyed the walk around and fascinating graveyard. It's obviously well kept and made a good settling in visit following arrival in Donegal with views of the bay.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

The abbey was built by Hugh O'Donnell for the Friars. His son, Red Hugh built the nearby Donegal Castle. It has been suggested that a underground tunnel had connected the two locations but this has never been proven. There isn't much left of the old Abbey, but on a nice evening the views around it can be lovely. The graveyard... More

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