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Shrule Abbey
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St Colman's Church, north of Shrule Abbey
Shrule Abbey is located in Ireland
Shrule Abbey
Location in Ireland
Monastery information
Other names Cloghvanaha, Clogvanaha
Established 5th century
Disestablished 14th century?
Diocese Galway
Founder(s) Saint Patrick, Felartus
Status ruined
Heritage designation
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Shrule Abbey
Reference no. 95
Style Celtic monastic
Location Church Park, Shrule, County Mayo
Coordinates 53°31′08″N 9°05′26″W / 53.518995°N 9.090615°W / 53.518995; -9.090615
Visible remains wall foundations
Public access yes

Shrule Abbey is a former monastery and National Monument located in County Mayo, Ireland.


Shrule Abbey is located to the southwest of Shrule village, north of the Black River and south of St. Colman's Church.


According to tradition, Christianity was brought to Shrule by Saint Patrick himself in the 5th century AD. He founded a church at Donaghpatrick and left a disciple, Felartus, in charge. The ancient abbey of Cloghvanaha (Irish for "blessed stone") is believed to have grown from this site.

Shrule was formerly under the jurisdiction of Cong Abbey, then in 1152 it was placed under Annaghdown Abbey. The abbey was replaced by St. Colman's Church (Teampall Cholmain) c. 1200 as the main place of worship in Shrule. Clogvanaha is mentioned in the ecclesiastical taxation of 1306.


Little remains of this ancient abbey: only a rectangular mound (11 × 13.4 m; 12 × 14.7 yd) with masonry rubble visible in places.

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