Beside the village of Abbeylara and near the shore of Lough Kinale are the remains of a 13th century Cistercian abbey founded by an Anglo Norman, Richard Tuite. It was plundered by Edward Burke after the sacking of Granard. A semicircular earthwork north of the village is regarded locally as the site of the original church founded here by Saint Patrick about 460. From the shore of Lough Kinale, north-east of Abbeylara, parts of the ancient defensive earthwork known as the Black Pigs Dyke extends north-westwards towards the shore of Lough Gowna. In the parish of Abbeylara there are two well preserved remains of stone circle.


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