Churches of my forefathers - II Burrishoole Abbey, Newport, County Mayo
After yesterday's post and talk of Ireland, I thought it was time for my second installment of Churches of my forefathers.
Burrishoole Abbey From the sign at the Abbey/Friary: Dominican friars first came to Ireland in 1224. By the time of the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1540, they had established 38 houses. This Dominican Friary, dedicated to St. Mary, was founded around 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough, Lord MacWilliam Oughter. Permission of the Pope had not been sought for its foundation -- an oversight for which the community faced a threat of excommunication -- but in 1486, the Pope instructed the Archbishop of Tuam to forgive the friars.
All that remains today is the church and the eastern wall of the cloister in thich the monks walked and meditated. All the domestic buildings -- the kitchens, the dormitories and the refectory -- have been detroyed. The church consists of a nave and chancel, a south transcept and a low tower. A 15th century bronze seal, which may have been the official seal of the friary, was found embedded in a window of the upstairs dormitory.
The site is very serene and well-kept, located on an inlet of the sea. The area features prominently in the legendary "Year of the French," of which a book and movie were made. The Year of the French was a period in the late 1700s, when the local Irish rebelled against their English oppressors, with the assistance of the French. Needless to say, things didn't go very well and the French abandoned their attempts and left the poor Irish rebels to deal with the consequences. In the middle of Burrishoole Abbey is a large Celtic cross headstone for a priest, Father Manus Sweeney, who was hung for his involvement in the uprising (shown below).
Here's a poem by Pete St. John: On an angry autumn morning, sailing down Killala bay Came the Frenchmen and their general, too late to save the day And my Nora waved them welcome, while I still nursed my wounds Cruel marks from Tubberneering and all my dreams in ruins
Ah, you Frenchman, ah, you Frenchman! You've come too late again To save the flower of freedom that's crushed in every glen And your fancy General Humbert, well intended tho' he be Will never reap the harvest that was promised to the free
At Castlebar he chased them, like foxes 'fore the hounds Lord Roden's vaunted cavalry they raced across the ground Seven hundred fiery Frenchmen, Mayo rebels, two cannon-gun But I thought of Father Murphy lying dead with Wexford's sons
Then early in September, I saw it all again Cornwallis and his thousands drove Humbert down the glen While the beaten French were sent to France, the rebels they were slain With Tone and Teeling martyred, the banshee cried again
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
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