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Lord of St Brigits Abbey - Longford Abbey Est. 1578


Founded under the title of St. Brigit, probably by Cornelius O'Farrell, O.P., bishop of Ardagh, 1418-24, who died in the latter year and was buried in the Dominican abbey. 1429 March 15 Martin V. granted an indulgence to all the faithful who should contribute to the restoration of the church which had been destroyed by fire. Hib. Dom., p. 301. 1433. Mar. II. Eugenius IV. renewed the indulgence and in the brief mentions that the fire was caused by wars which had been going on in those parts, especially during the previous six years. The brief also states that the abbey was consumed as well as the church, and that the friars had been obliged to move elsewhere. Idem. This indulgence was renewed by the same pope five years afterwards. 1448. T

here was in this year an infectious disease of which great numbers died, amongst whom were Connor, the son of Aedhbuy O'Feargail, Diarmud M'Commay and Henry Duffe M'Fechedan, three righteous friars of the monastery of Longford O'Feargail. Annals Dud. Firbis. 1557. (4th & 5th Philip and Mary).

This abbey, situated in Le Annaly, was granted for ever, in capite, to Richard Nugent: royalties excepted. 1578. (20th Eliz.) Citation

This abbey, containing half an acre, with a house, a cottage, twenty-eight acres of land and six acres of the demesne land, with commonage to the same, was granted to Sir Nicholas Malbye, knt., and his heirs, at the annual rent of sixteen shillings. 1615. Jan. 29.

Jas. I. granted the abbey to Francis Viscount Valentia. In 1756, there were three fathers attached to the community and two in 1767. According to Dr. Troy's report in 18oo, there were probably four fathers doing parochial work for the secular clergy at that date. The obits contain the names of Father J. Weever, who died about 1797, and Father Bernard Keenan, who died before 1818. The abbey church has been in use for two centuries as the Protestant parish church.


Titles Honors of Abbeys – The Abbot and Orders 

Titles and honors associated with an abbey can vary depending on its history, significance, and the religious order to which it belongs. Here are some common titles and honors: 

1.      Abbey: The main title associated with the institution itself. An abbey is typically a complex of buildings comprising a monastery or convent, centered around the church where religious services are conducted. 

2.      Abbot/Abbess : The spiritual leader of an abbey is called an abbot if male or an abbess if female. They are responsible for the governance of the abbey and the spiritual well-being of its members. 

3.      Monastic Orders: Some abbeys belong to specific monastic orders, such as the Benedictines, Cistercians, or Trappists. The affiliation with a particular order may confer additional titles or distinctions. 

4.      Papal Recognition: Particularly significant abbeys may receive recognition or special status from the Pope or the Vatican, such as being designated as a basilica or receiving papal privileges. 

5.      Royal Patrons: Throughout history, many abbeys have enjoyed the patronage of royalty or nobility. This patronage could come with additional honors, such as royal charters, endowments, or exemptions from certain taxes or obligations. 

6.      Historical Significance: Abbeys with a long and storied history may be designated as historical landmarks or heritage sites by governmental or non-governmental organizations. This recognition can come with preservation efforts and increased tourism. 

7.      Cultural Contributions: Some abbeys have made significant cultural contributions through art, music, literature, or scholarship. This can lead to honors such as being recognized as centers of cultural heritage or receiving awards for their contributions to the arts and sciences. 

8.      Educational Institutions: Certain abbeys have established schools, universities, or other educational institutions. These institutions may have their own honors and titles associated with academic achievements or contributions to education. 

These titles and honors reflect the diverse roles that abbeys have played throughout history, encompassing spiritual, cultural, educational, and social dimensions.