The Rathfran Abbey is a ruined abbey located not far from Killala, in County Mayo. Built in 1274 by the Burgh or MacJordan family, it is said to have been burnt down in 1590 by Richard Bingham. Today it is in a state of ruin and offers a most authentic sight!
The Rathfran Abbey has managed to preserve some parts of its architecture despite the fire that ravaged it in the 16th century. Thus, we can still see a pediment, old warhead windows, as well as its nave, partially improved during the 15th century. Rectangular in shape, its structure is simple, with no Latin cross floor plan.
However, the abbey was an important religious centre at the time. The latter housed 2 separate cloisters installed to the north of the abbey: nowadays, only their foundations remain, and are difficult to recognise. The living quarters have not survived the passage of time, but it will be possible for you to enter inside the building. Without a roof, the Rathfran Abbey will show you a gothic architecture, punctuated by slabs on the ground.
The access to the abbey is free, and rather little frequented. Ideal if you want to escape the tourist buses!