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Duleek in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland — Mid-East (and Dublin)
 

St Mary's Abbey

Duleek Heritage Trail

 
 
St Mary's Abbey Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. St Mary's Abbey Marker
Inscription.
One of the great churches of the 12th century, St. Mary's Abbey, was built by the Augustinians on lands presented to them by Hugh de Lacy, Overlord of Meath.

In the 1500s a massive square tower was built alongside the earlier round tower. The latter is no longer standing but the ‘scar’ where it was joined onto the square tower is clearly visible on its north side.

Within the church are some early cross-slabs, a Romanesque pilaster-capital and the base and head of the South Cross, and some 16th and 17th century monuments. There are also two tombs - one covers the remains of Lord Bellew who was killed in action at the Battle of Aughrim in 1691. The other is a mensa-slab and is supported by tomb-surrounds bearing the arms of Bellew, Plunkett, Preston and St Lawrence. The remains of this abbey are joined in the grounds by the now disused St Kienan's Church of Ireland church which was built in 1816. Interred in the graveyard are the remains of Catholic, Church of Ireland and Huguenot believers.

The ruins of St Cianan's original stone church, built in 489, are to the northwest, across the road from St Mary's Abbey.
 
Erected by Meath Tourism.
 
Location. 53° 39.318′ N, 6° 25.099′ W. Marker
St Mary's Abbey Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. St Mary's Abbey Marker
Abbey ruins in left background. Former St Kienan's Church of Ireland church [in 2009 the Spire Restaurant] in foreground.
is in Duleek, Leinster, in County Meath. Marker is at the intersection of Church Lane and Dawe's Lane, on the left when traveling west on Church Lane. Click for map. Marker is about 300 feet west of the village green.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Connell's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Parochial House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Lime Tree (about 120 meters away); Duleek Courthouse (about 120 meters away); Duleek 1916 - 1981 Hunger Strike Monument (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Woodhenge/Pit circle / The Winter Soltice (approx. 5.7 kilometers away); Knowth / Cnogbha (approx. 7 kilometers away); Saint Patrick on the Hill of Slane (approx. 10.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Duleek.
 
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St Mary's Abbey Church Ruins image. Click for full size.
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3. St Mary's Abbey Church Ruins
St Mary's Abbey Square Tower East Face image. Click for full size.
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4. St Mary's Abbey Square Tower East Face
Showing former roof location.
St Mary's Abbey Square Tower West Face image. Click for full size.
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5. St Mary's Abbey Square Tower West Face
St Mary's Abbey Square Tower North and West Faces image. Click for full size.
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6. St Mary's Abbey Square Tower North and West Faces
Showing Round Tower "scar" on North Face.
St Mary's Abbey Church Interior image. Click for full size.
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7. St Mary's Abbey Church Interior
Showing great window and tombs.
St Mary's Abbey Church Tomb Engraving image. Click for full size.
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8. St Mary's Abbey Church Tomb Engraving
St Mary's Abbey South Cross Remains image. Click for full size.
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9. St Mary's Abbey South Cross Remains
St Mary's Abbey 1587 Church Window image. Click for full size.
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10. St Mary's Abbey 1587 Church Window
Bears the arms of Sir John Bellew and Dame Ismay Nugent.
St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face image. Click for full size.
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11. St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face
Depicting the Crucifixion of Christ, with other details uncertain.
St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face image. Click for full size.
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12. St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face
St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face Detail image. Click for full size.
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13. St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face Detail
St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face Detail image. Click for full size.
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14. St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face Detail
St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face Detail image. Click for full size.
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15. St Mary's Abbey North Cross West Face Detail
St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face image. Click for full size.
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16. St Mary's Abbey North Cross East Face
St Mary's Abbey North Cross North Face Detail image. Click for full size.
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17. St Mary's Abbey North Cross North Face Detail
St Mary's Abbey North Cross South Face Detail image. Click for full size.
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18. St Mary's Abbey North Cross South Face Detail
St Mary's Abbey North Cross South Face Dragon-Like Detail image. Click for full size.
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19. St Mary's Abbey North Cross South Face Dragon-Like Detail
St Mary's Abbey - St. Cianan's Ruins Nearby image. Click for full size.
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20. St Mary's Abbey - St. Cianan's Ruins Nearby
St Mary's Abbey - St Kienan's Church West Face image. Click for full size.
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21. St Mary's Abbey - St Kienan's Church West Face
St Mary's Abbey - Church Lane Street Sign Nearby image. Click for full size.
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22. St Mary's Abbey - Church Lane Street Sign Nearby
 
 
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