Inchmacnerin Abbey

Inchmacnerin Abbey[1] is a former monastery and National Monument located in Lough Key, Ireland.[2][3]

Inchmacnerin Abbey
Inis Mac nEirinn
Jetties at Tawnytaskin, looking towards Church Island
Location within Ireland
Monastery information
Other namesEas-mac-neire; Inis-mac-n-erin; Insula-Macnery; Insula-Machum; Inch-vicrinni
OrderCanons Regular (Augustinians)
Established6th century
Disestablishedbefore 1596
Mother houseArrouaise Abbey
LocationChurch Island, Lough Key, County Roscommon
Coordinates53.994501°N 8.260823°W / 53.994501; -8.260823
Public accessyes
Official nameInchmacnerin Abbey (Church Island)
Reference no.556


Inchmacnerin Abbey is located on Church Island, an island of 2.1 ha (5.1 ac) in the western part of Lough Key.[4]


A monastic site existed on the island from the 6th century AD, supposedly founded by Columba (Saint Colum Cille). The name derives from Inis Mac nEirinn, "island of a son of Ireland",

It was refounded as an Augustinian priory some time between 1140 and 1170.[5] Some of the Annals of Loch Cé may have been written here, as well as at Holy Trinity Abbey located on the same lake.[6][7]

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.[8]


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