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Carlingford Abbey
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Carlingford Abbey is located in Ireland
Carlingford Abbey
Location in Ireland
Monastery information
Other names Carlingford Friary/Priory
Order Dominican Order (Order of Preachers)
Established 1305
Disestablished 1777
Diocese Armagh
Founder(s) Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster
Status Inactive
Style Norman
Location Abbey Court, Carlingford, County Louth
Coordinates 54°02′17″N 6°11′04″W / 54.038148°N 6.184459°W / 54.038148; -6.184459
Visible remains nave, chancel, bell-tower, domestic buildings, mill
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Carlingford Abbey
Reference no. 623

Carlingford Abbey, also called Carlingford Friary or Carlingford Priory, is a medieval Dominican abbey and National Monument located in Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland.


Carlingford Abbey is located in the centre of the town, just off Dundalk Street.


1830 sketch of the abbey

This abbey was founded by the Dominican Order c. 1305 under the patronage of Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, and dedicated to Saint Malachy (1095–1148). Two towers were added to the northwest and southwest corners of the west gable in 1423, giving the church its fortified appearance. Rebuilding took place in the early 16th century. It remained in use until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The buildings were then used for a hall, a barracks and a handball alley.

In 1671, under King Charles II, the abbey was to reopen, but ownership was disputed with the Franciscan. Oliver Plunkett, then Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, returned the Abbey to the Dominicans. The Abbey relocated to Dundalk in 1777.


Remaining at Carlingford Abbey are the nave, chancel and central bell-tower, built of rough coursed limestone and greywacke. Slightly to the south are outbuildings and a mill house.

Defensive towers, crenellations and a machicolation were added in the 15th century.

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