Castlelyons Friary facts for kids
|Prióireacht Chaisleán Ó Liatháin|
|Other names||Castelio, Castleyhane, Castelleaghan, Castrileonensis|
|Established||1307–09 / 1324|
|Founder(s)||John de Barry, 4th Baron Barry|
|Location||Mohera, Castlelyons, County Cork|
|Official name||Castlelyons Friary|
Castlelyons Friary is located 6.6 km (4.1 mi) south-southeast of Fermoy, south of the Munster Blackwater.
The Carmelite friary was founded at Castlelyons c. 1307–09 by John de Barry, 4th Baron Barry, during the reign of Edward II as Lord of Ireland. He had been granted license by the king to alienate land for the Carmelites of Drogheda on 11 August 1309, but was without papal license until Pope John XXII granted one in 1324, and then the friary could be built. Later the friary was granted 20 marks (£13 6 s. 8 d.) per annum to be taken from the people of the town.
In 1638 windows were taken from Castlelyons and placed in Lismore Cathedral. Ariybd this time Castlelyons was granted to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork; he in turn gave it to his daughter Alice (1607–1667).
In 1683 Laurence Barry, 3rd Earl of Barrymore granted Castlelyons Friary to the Dominican Order.
The friary was re-established in 1737. The last prior, John O'Neil, died in 1760. It was later used as a hedge school.
Some restoration was done by the Office of Public Works in the 1930s.
The surviving buildings, mostly dating to the 15th century, are the nave, half the tower, parts of the dormitory. In the chancel there is a stone altar. In the west gable is a pointed doorway. Above it is a two-light window with ogee heads.
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