This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh Patrick Mountain close to the sea overlooking Clew Bay and quickly became the preferred starting point for pilgrimages up the mountain. It still has a beautiful original east window with carved human heads on the wall outside and the south wall is crowned with unusual battlements and a number windows. The friars were driven out in the late 16th century after the Reformation and very little is known about their circumstances between 1570 to the early 1800’s when Murrisk Abbey finally ceased to function. Many of the most prominent catholic and protestant families of the area are buried here including the O’Malleys, The Garveys and The MacDonnells .The Abbey is now under the Supervision of the National Monuments Service.
The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrickemmet