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Tarmon Abbey Church
 

County

Leitrim

Coordinates

N 54° 07' 12.6"   W 008° 04' 38.4"

Nearest town

Drumshanbo

Grid Ref.

G 94992 19012

Map No.

26

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

55

Date of visit

Monday 2 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of Tarmon abbey are in the northeast corner of an ancient graveyard still in use.


We were driving along the R280 on the west shore of Lough Allen when we saw the signpost for this abbey.
Not much has remained of the abbey though, just the sad ruins of a church and its adjoining graveyard.
The church is aligned to east (95°) and this side has a nice gothic window with hints of its tracery. It's 17 metres long and about 7 metres wide. It was built with a nice red sandstone.
The church was apparently dedicated to St. Patrick though it might have been a Franciscan settlement. The first church founded here was built around the 5th century.
It seems that on the east side of the east window there'a a carved head that should represent St. Patrick. Unfortunately this side of the building is quite unreachable.
The place was a nightmare, millions of hungry midges used us as their meal!


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