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St Molaise Abbey

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Discover this important monastic complex! A remarkable site, to be discovered for a better understanding of Irish History!






What to expect?

Inishmurray (Muiredach in Gaelic) is an Irish island located less than 10km off the coast of Ireland. The island has been uninhabited since 1948 and is famous for its superb remains of a ruined monastery dating from the 6th century. High place of pilgrimage, Inishmurray is also a tourist place very appreciated by the visitors…

History of Inishmurray

An island once inhabited by religious people

The first traces of habitation on the island date back to the 6th century, when some monks decided to build a monastery there. The latter chose Inishmurray for its somewhat remote geographical location: the monks could thus lead a recluse life there, on the fringes of the society of the time… The monks then devoted themselves to prayer, as well as calligraphy and the illumination of old manuscripts…

The monastery developed little by little, and became an important religious and cultural centre of the Co. of Sligo, until 807, when the monastery of St Molaise was attacked by the Vikings. After this period, the monastery is somewhat abandoned, and then attracts the arrival of inhabitants wishing to occupy the island…

Inishmurray is abandoned in 1948 by its inhabitants…

In 1880, the island has more than 100 inhabitants… There is a school, as well as about fifteen houses… The inhabitants live mainly from sheep breeding and fishing, but the living conditions on Inishmurray are difficult… Faced with the precariousness of their daily life, the last inhabitants left the island on November 12, 1948, leaving the island uninhabited…

Since this day, the island is visited by tourists and is a place of pilgrimage for the Irish people…

Visit Inishmurray

Inishmurray

Lovers of walks and other hikes will be able to enjoy Inishmurray during a short walk… The island is indeed of a small size, and does not make more than 0,9 km² ! A walk is still worth the detour, and will allow you to walk along the coasts of the island, with its steep landscapes, and its plunging views on the ocean!

The nature is particularly wild, and you will be able to observe fabulous animal and plant species during your walk… There is also a high concentration of birds on the areas most exposed to the ocean wind…