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Ardnaree (Friary)

Order: Augustinian Friars

Name of Foundation: Ardnaree

Barony: Tireragh/ Tír Fhiachrach
Civil Parish: Kilmoremoy/ Cill Mhór Mhuaidhe
Townland: Abbeyhalfquarter ( Leithcheathrú na Mainistreach)

Main events in the history of this site

1371 - 1400Foundation - The friary was probably founded by the O'Dowdas some time before 1400. This family took possession of Ardnaree in 1371. (AFM) (Med. religious houses, Ire., 295) 
1401 - A dispensation is mentioned to a friar O.E.S.A. of the Killala diocese in 1401 (CPR v. 493). Ardnaree was then then only Augustinian friary in the diocese. (Med. religious houses, Ire., 295) 
1402Burial - Muirchertach O'Dowda, who was buried at Ardnaree in 1402 (A. Conn.) was probably the founder of the friary. (Med. religious houses, Ire., 295) 
1410 - In 1410, an indulgence was granted as the buildings had partly collapsed, while what remained was threatened with ruin. (CPR vi. 220), (Med. religious houses, Ire., 295) 
1417 - 27 - Tadg Riabhach O'Dowda, called founder 1417 - 27, may have been responsible for the rebuilding and so accounted as second founder. (Med. religious houses, Ire., 295) 
1425 - Fr. Matthew Clerc (O'Clery)was transferred from Ardnaree to Dunmore in 1425. (AGA) (Med. religious houses, Ire., 296) 
1577 - 82 - The friary is mentioned is fiant Q.E. 3368. No record of the expulsion of the friars has been found, but they are thought to have retained their buildings until 1577 - 82 (in a similar way to Rathfran and Moyne). They were in the neighbourhood until the late eighteenth century. 

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