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Athy Priory
Mainistir Átha Í
Athy Priory is located in Ireland
Athy Priory
Location in Ireland
Monastery information
Other names Bailr-atha-ai; Athai; Athies
Order Dominican Order
Established 1253
Disestablished mid-19th century
Diocese Dublin
Founder(s) Boysel and Hogan family
Status ruined
Style Norman
Location St Michael's, Athy, County Kildare
Coordinates 52°59′26″N 6°59′00″W / 52.990694°N 6.983284°W / 52.990694; -6.983284
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Athy Priory is a former friary of the Dominican Order located in Athy, Ireland.


Athy Priory is located in the south of the town, on the east bank of the River Barrow.


Athy Priory was founded by the Boiseles (Boysel) and Hogans in 1253, although some sources give the date as 1257. John of Slane gave them six acres, and Edward II consented to this grant. In 1288, 1295 and 1305, chapters of the order were held at Athy.

The priory was dissolved 30 April 1539 and rented to Martin Pelles, constable of Athy, on 26 April 1540. At that time, the priory owned two fishing-weirs, a water mill, while the buildings were a church and belfry, chapter-house, dormitory, hall, three chambers and a kitchen, a cemetery, garden and orchard. In 1588 the priory was granted to Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare.

Athy was refounded c.1622 by Fr Ross Mageoghegan. Friars also returned in 1754.

The chapel was enlarged 1864-7 but the priory was dissolved mid-19th century.

A new church was built and opened 17 March 1965. The old church was demolished in 1973. A library was later built on the site.

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