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Inchmacnerin Abbey
Inis Mac nEirinn
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Jetties at Tawnytaskin, looking towards Church Island
Monastery information
Other names Eas-mac-neire; Inis-mac-n-erin; Insula-Macnery; Insula-Machum; Inch-vicrinni
Order Canons Regular (Augustinians)
Established 6th century
Disestablished before 1596
Mother house Arrouaise Abbey
Diocese Elphin
Founder(s) Columba
Status inactive
Style Norman
Location Church Island, Lough Key, County Roscommon
Coordinates 53°59′40″N 8°15′39″W / 53.994501°N 8.260823°W / 53.994501; -8.260823Coordinates: 53°59′40″N 8°15′39″W / 53.994501°N 8.260823°W / 53.994501; -8.260823
Public access yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Inchmacnerin Abbey (Church Island)
Reference no. 556

Inchmacnerin Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Inis Mac nÉirín) is a former monastery and National Monument located in Lough Key, Ireland.


Inchmacnerin Abbey is located on Church Island, an island of 2.1 ha (5.1 ac) in the western part of Lough Key.


A monastic site existed on the island from the 6th century AD, supposedly founded by Columba (Saint Colum Cille). The name means "island of the sons of Éirín".

It was refounded as an Augustinian priory some time between 1140 and 1170. Some of the Annals of Loch Cé may have been written here, as well as at Holy Trinity Abbey located on the same lake.

It was dissolved c. 1569 and the land granted to William Taaffe in 1596.

The island was excavated in 2000, recovering parts of a stone church.

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