School: An Clochar, B'l'Áthan Ríogh

Location:
Athenry, Co. Galway
Teacher:
An tSr. M. Treasa Ní Bhriain

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Athenry Abbey

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0003, Page 062

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Athenry Abbey

There lies in the town of Athenry which is the oldest town in Connaught an ancient Abbey. It is now in ruins and being built in the thirteenth century. It was Myler de Birmingham who offered land for the foundation of a Dominician Friary. He died about fifty years afterwards and found a resting place in the abbey.
The friars of the new foundation played their part in the religious movements of the time. The sons of St Dominic preached from the lofty pulpit of the abbey and were collecting alms throughout the country for the support of the soldiers of the cross.

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Collector
Maisie Hahesy
Gender
female
Address
Athenry, Co. Galway
Informant
Rosie Scully
Gender
female
Age
20
Address
Athenry, Co. Galway
Language
English