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Moor Abbey
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Moor Abbey, Galbally, County Limerick.jpg
Monastery information
Other names Galbally Friary
Order Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)
Established between 1210 and 1242
Disestablished 1748
Diocese Cashel and Emly
Founder(s) Donnchadh Cairprech Ó Briain
Functional Status Abandoned
Heritage designation National Monument
Style Irish Gothic
Location Moorabbey, Galbally,
County Tipperary, Ireland
Coordinates 52°24′09″N 8°16′41″W / 52.402374°N 8.278077°W / 52.402374; -8.278077
Public access yes

Moor Abbey Franciscan friary was founded in the 13th century in County Tipperary, Ireland. It is today a National Monument.


Moor Abbey is located on the north bank of the River Aherlow, 1.2 km (¾ mile) east of Galbally.


Sir Humphrey Gilbert Compton Castle
Sir Humphrey Gilbert, destroyer of Moor Abbey.

Moor Abbey was established by Donnchadh Cairprech Ó Briain, King of Thomond 1210–42. In 1471 a new church was constructed at the site, but burned down in 1472. The buildings that survive today date from that period.

In 1541 the friary was dissolved and later became the property of John, brother of James FitzGerald, 14th Earl of Desmond. In 1569, during the Desmond Rebellions, the abbey was burned by government soldiers led by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, originally from Devon and a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. The following year Fr. Dermot O'Mulrooney and two other friars returned to the friary, but were murdered by government forces. The Franciscans came back again in 1645, only to be expelled by Cromwellian forces. It was 1658 before they could once again occupy the Abbey. They finally left for the last time in 1748 after a dispute with Fr. James Butler, Vicar-General of Cashel & Emly diocese and the abbey fell into ruin. The friars went to Mitchelstown, and the last friar of Moor Abbey died there in 1804. An attempt by the Royal Irish Constabulary to detonate the Abbey in 1921 failed.


The ruined church consists of a nave and chancel, separated by a tall bell-tower with sedilia. In the chancel is a double piscina. Beside the doorway in the north wall of the chancel is a font. No other buildings remain.

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