In 1460, Moyne Abbey was established in County Mayo, just 3.5km from Killala. The founder of the Observantine Franciscan monastery was likely McWilliams Bourke or a member of the Barrett family.
The impressive ruin includes a cruciform church, chapel, tower and cloisters. Visitors can also explore the sacristy, chapter house, kitchen and refectory, under which a stream flows.
The abbey was burned by Sir Richard Bingham in 1590, but it’s believed friars continued to reside there until about 1800.
Continue 6km south along the Moy Estuary to see another beautifully preserved 15th century monastic ruin, Rosserk Abbey.