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Creevelea Friary - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Creevelea, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

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About Creevelea Friary

A beautiful Franciscan Friary founded in 1508 by Margaret O’Brian and Owen O’ Rourke, Lord of Breifne. It was one of the last abbey’s founded in Ireland before King Henry VIII dissolved all the monasteries throughout Ireland and England. The remains of this extensive friary include the church, the cloister and domestic buildings. This Abbey is now in use for as a grave yard.

Attractions Near Creevelea Friary

Innisfree3.68km from Creevelea Friary

Innisfree is a small, uninhabited Irish island on Lough Gill. Rather wild and pretty, it was one of the inspirational places of William Butler Yeats, an eminent Irish writer from Sligo. . The Island is not accessable but may be viewed from land or by boat. The lake Isle of Innisfree boat trip is available from Parke’s Castle.

Parke's Castle
Parke's Castle4.08km from Creevelea Friary

A majestic restored plantation castle from the early 17th century and is situated on the picturesque shores of Lough Gill. It was originally the stronghold of the O'Rourke Clan, rulers of the kingdom of Breffni. It has been beautifully restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship.A permanent exhibition of artefacts from the 17th century including replica period costumes and furniture, is on display inside the grounds.

Rose Of Innisfree
Rose Of Innisfree4.08km from Creevelea Friary

Lough Gill is an 8km long limestone lake, lying just east of Sligo Town. It features underwater cliffs and due to its natural eutrophic state. The lake also supports a number of protected species of lamprey, as well as Atlantic Salmon and otter. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woodlands, such as Slish Wood, Dooney Rock, and Hazelwood all of which contain popular nature trails and viewing points along the lake.

Magheraghanrush Court Tomb
Magheraghanrush Court Tomb7.11km from Creevelea Friary

Magheraghanrush Court Tomb is a court cairn and National Monument located in County Sligo, Ireland.The tomb has a 15 metre long oval court with a single gallery at the west end and two double chamber galleries at the east end. At the entrance to two of these chambers the lintels have fallen, one lintel remains but as you can see from the picture top left, this one has split. This particular court tomb has a passage entrance on the south side.

Colgagh Lough
Colgagh Lough7.51km from Creevelea Friary

Colgagh Lough is a lake in County Sligo and has an elevation of 24 metres. Colgagh Lough is situated nearby to Clogher More, northeast of Percy Mount. Some parts of the shoreline at Clogagh Lough are very soft so anglers should take care especially around the southern shoreline.

Hazelwood Forest
Hazelwood Forest8.19km from Creevelea Friary

Hazelwood is an ancient area of woodland located just over 2 miles outside the town of Sligo in northwest Ireland. It has a series of outdoor sculptures by Irish and International artists. It has a picnic area and spectular lakeside views. It’s a walkers paradise as there is several hikes of about 3 kilometres each along the edge of Lough Gill.

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Leitrim Village
Leitrim Village
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County Leitrim is a county in the Republic of Ireland. Leitrim is the 26th largest of the 32 counties by area and the smallest by population on the island. It has a hilly and mountainous landscape and there are so many things to explore.