Ballinakill Monastery

The ancient monastery known as Cluain Deochra was located in the parish of Killashee close to the old cemetery of Ballinakill. The monastery

  appears to have been founded by St. Ernan in the sixth century. The Annals of Ulster record the death of Conmac, Abbot of Cluain Deochra in 769.

The Four Masters recorded the death of Flann Mac Maoil Mhichil 'lector of Clonmacnois and bishop of Cluain Deochra in 977. The lands of Cluain Deochra were assigned to Sir James Ware under the reign of James I.

In his "History of County Longford", James P. Farrell claims that the ruins in Ballinakill cemetery are those of a Franciscan monastery which was founded in 1302 by Dhomnal O'Farrell, Chieftain of Annaly. There is, however, no evidence to support this claim.

Pdf Article about Ballinakill Monastery from History of the County Longford by James P. Farrell
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Pdf McNamee's Article about Ballinakill taken from History of the Diocese of Ardagh by James J. McNamee
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