Donegal Town in County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland
Donegal Friary / Mainistir Dhún na nGall
Donegal Friary was founded for the Franciscan Friars in 1474 by the first Red Hugh O'Donnell and his wife Nuala O'Brien. It survived until it was plundered by the English in 1588. Four years later, they in turn were driven out by the second Red Hugh (who left Ireland shortly after the battle of Kinsale in 1602), and the friars repaired the buildings. In 1601, during a siege of the friary by English forces - commanded by the renegade Niall Garbh O'Donnell - gunpowder stores exploded and wrecked the building.
The friary was then granted to Sir Basil Brooke who used the church for Protestant worship. The friars wandered from place to place after Brooke took over, but remained active. Between 1632 and 1636 four scholars - led by Brother Michael O'Cleary - compiled what has become one of the most important sources for the history of Ireland: the Annals of the Four Masters.
All the buildings were arranged around a central cloister or courtyard, but the remains are very fragmentary. Some of the cloister arcade survives, but very little of the church.
Donegal - from Dún na nGall (the Fort of the Foreigners)
Bhunaigh Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill agus a bhean Nuala Ní Bhriain mainistir Dhún na nGall i gcomhair Bhráithre
Bhí na foirgnimh go léir suite thart timpeall ar chlabhstra nó clós i lár na mainistreach, ach ní sheasann anois ach fíorbheagán díobh. Tá cuid den stuabhealach ann fós, ach níl ach iarsma den séipeál le feiceáil.
Erected by The Office of Public Works.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is along the River Eske walkway, off Quay Street (R267).
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Franciscan Friary of Donegal (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Frenchman's Anchor" (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Donegal Castle / Caisleán Dhún na nGall (approx. half a kilometer away); Donegal Castle (approx. half a kilometer away); Welcome to Belleek (approx. 19.1 kilometers away in United Kingdom); Donegal Corridor (approx. 19.2 kilometers away in United Kingdom); The Enamel Grindstone (approx. 19.2 kilometers away in United Kingdom).
Also see . . .
1. Franciscan Friary, Donegal Town, Ireland. (Submitted on February 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Donegal Town Local History. (Submitted on February 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Old Abbey, Donegal Town, Ireland. (Submitted on February 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 7, 8. submitted on February 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.