Location: Centre of Ballina, next to St Muredach's Cathedral
Map: 54.112578 N, 9.151751 W
Number of headstones: 30+ legible headstones
Date range: 1821 to 1996 (observed)
Recorded: all legible headstones photographed April 2011
Ardnaree Abbey Headstones, Ballina
This graveyard is situated next to the St Muredach's Cathedral on the east bank of the river Moy in Ardnaree, Ballina. However, Ardnaree was part of County Sligo until the boundary changes in 1899 brought it into County Mayo. The site was originally an Augustinian Abbey dating back to the 14th century, long before the town of Ballina was founded. After the dissolution of monasteries in Ireland in the 16th century, the Abbey lands continued to be used as a burial ground up until the 1950s.
View of the original Abbey entrance
Abbey description (click to enlarge)
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