Dunleer is the principal town in the barony of Ferrad and was formerly a municipal corporation of 17th century foundation. It was the site of the early Irish monastery of Lann Leire or church of Leire the Lann being derived from the Welsh Llan suggestinga Britonic origin. Mentioned in the Irish Annals between the years 720-1148 mostly records of plunder by the Danes and Normans, it was probably situated on the site of the existing early 19th century Church of Ireland in the town centre. In the porch of the church will be found 3 crosses inscribed stones of the early Christian period one of which carries the inscription "Or Do Maelph" or "A prayer for Maelph". The Church Tower may date from the 13th century.


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