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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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The ruins of a Franciscan monastery founded in 1474.

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Another poignant example of centuries of upheaval

The ruins of the Abbey and graveyard are easy to get to and interesting. We visited late one summer's afternoon and enjoyed the tranquility and setting. Signage is very good and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
janefromspain2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can discern the outlines of the abbey but other than the impressive vista over the water there is little to see, budget about 30 minutes for your visit

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins of the Abbey and graveyard are easy to get to and interesting. We visited late one summer's afternoon and enjoyed the tranquility and setting. Signage is very good and reminds one that there has been such upheaval across the lands for so many centuries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We parked in public carpark and walked to graveyard. Old ruins which are stunning to look at. Its basically a graveyard overlooking Lough Eske. Nice and tranquil with loads of history attached

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking around here, even though it was raining quite hard. Good signage and nice access to the various parts of the Abbey. If you make it to the Tourist Info Center you can stroll down here.

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Thank Timothy H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Just on the outskirts of Donegal town, easy assess. Well worth the visit, check out the grave yard. See if you can locate the burial sight of four monks from 14th century.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Conveniently situated by the Main Town Car Park beside the River Eske and the Water Taxi and close to the Tourist information Centre these Abbey Ruins date back to 1632 originally created by Franciscan Monks and led by brother Michael T. O'Cleary. Now in ruins there is a large Graveyard with burials dating back to the 17th.Century with many interesting... More 

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Hilo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Remains of a once magnificent Abbey with a graveyard encircling the site. A serene place for a stroll near the water and to catch the afternoon/evening sun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

You need a good imagination to envision what the Abby would have looked like hundreds of years ago. However, the posted maps and information help to re-create the site, and the gravestones tell stories of their own. The setting on the water is quite picturesque, and there is no admission charge, so you can enjoy a low-keyed visit.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Donegal Abbey was built in 1474 by Red Hugh O'Donnell, for the Franciscan Friars who wrote the "Annals of the Four Masters". but it was abandoned in the early 17th century. Through its ruins sits a cemetery where some graves are decorated with flowers. The Abbey which is close to the mouth of the River Eske, she empties into the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I was the only one at the abbey when I visited it. The setting is beautiful and the ruins, crosses and water views were perfect for some lovely pictures.It only takes a few minutes and it well worth going

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