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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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Windy Last Resting Place

It's one of my favourite places to visit when I'm at home in Donegal. It's just off the centre of town and it is steeped in history. Although, they say that the Annals of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 24, 2016
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

There isn't much of the Abbey still standing, but there is enough to get the feel of the place. There are graves in all conditions & ages; some so old you can't read them others just weeks old. But the view from the Abbey looking out to the Atlantic gives you the feeling of being at peace. To me; it's... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Serene atmosphere looking out over the sea from the Abbey but the Abbey itself is a very limited ruin - nothing to get too excited about.

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Thank MottledPetrel
County Wexford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The abbey is in a fantastic location on an headland looking over the wonderful Lough offering fantastic views,there is a lot of very old graves and it very inertesting reading some of the headstones.

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Thank summer17669
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

It's one of my favourite places to visit when I'm at home in Donegal. It's just off the centre of town and it is steeped in history. Although, they say that the Annals of the Four Masters, (a history of Ireland written by Franciscan monks were not actually written in the monastery in Donegal Town), they were started there in... More 

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Thank alejestem
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

I thought the Abbey was very interesting. It has great scenery and beautiful ruins. I spent a good hour walking around and looking. I got some great pictures.

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Thank Michael B
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Sunset visit created beautiful pictures. Easy walk from harbor parking area. Lovely location and parts are handicap accessible.

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

This is still a functioning cemetery and when we were there they were having a church service. It was interesting seeing gravestones from the 1800 to the 2000's right on the water some of the original abbey walls still up. Take sometime and look around

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We whiled away a few hours wandering through the Abbey and the cemetery. The blend of ancient and modern burial sites is very moving.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Nothing of interest unless you know something of the history of St. Colmcille and the Four Masters. Would recommend going to one of the heritage centres first e.g. Colmcille Heritage Centre at Gartan. Lovely location at the end of the pier with a great view on a good day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Really interesting old ruins and can't beat the price (free!) I liked this better than the castle, if you have to choose one stop.

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