Carlingford Abbey facts for kids
|Other names||Carlingford Friary/Priory|
|Order||Dominican Order (Order of Preachers)|
|Founder(s)||Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster|
|Location||Abbey Court, Carlingford, County Louth|
|Visible remains||nave, chancel, bell-tower, domestic buildings, mill|
|Official name||Carlingford Abbey|
Carlingford Abbey is located in the centre of the town, just off Dundalk Street.
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.
Defensive towers, crenellations and a machicolation were added in the 15th century.
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