Located 26 kilometres south of the Diamond, the abbey consists of ruins which dominate the beautiful terrain. Situated where the River Eske meets the Donegal Bay, the monastery was founded in 1474 by the first Red Hugh O'Donnell and his wife Lady Nuala for Franciscan Friars.
For the next 130 years it became one of the most important centers for religion and learning till the beginning of 17th century when the abbey was abandoned with the intrusion of English reign. The friars remained active in secrecy for years to follow.
In 1632 the Irish historian and lay brother of the Order, Brother Micheal O Cleirigh (Michael O'Cleary) along with Cu Choigcriche O Cleirigh, Peregrinus O Duibhgeannainn and Fearfeasa O Maol Chonaire gathered all the records of Irish history. Together they came to be known as "The Four Masters". The abbey is named after them.
- 14th century Abbey Ruins.
- Scenic panoramic view of the terrain along with the harbour.
The graveyard headstones add character and history to the place. An intimate place which reminds you of the times that have gone-by, this spot is rare gem.
Abbey Of The Four Masters Travel Tips
- Take your time to read the headstones to know more about the history of the abbey.
How to Reach Abbey Of The Four Masters
- Water Bus: Donegal Bay Waterbus
- Timings: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
- Four Lanterns Restaurant
- The Harbour Restaurant
- Market House Restaurant
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