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Aerial view of enclosure at Mayo Abbey
The multi-period monastic site at Mayo Abbey would not initially have been as large as the remnants of the enclosing wall (vallum) suggests, but might well have reflected the simple austerity of the monastic life at Lindisfarne. According to Bede, the church at Lindisfarne was made of hewn oak and then covered with reeds (Bradley, 1999). The Abbot of Lindisfarne, Colmán had, between 668 and the early 670s, founded the monastery at Mayo Abbey which would by 700 AD become over a relatively short time span, a famous seat of learning with over one hundred monks living there.
The national and international importance of this monastery is stated in the Irish annals up until the 13th century. The Northumbrian connection was acknowledged in that the area became known as 'Mayo of the Saxons'. There are two main phases of occupation, the early Christian monastic foundations and a later medieval Augustinian Abbey (Madden, 1999). The enclosure measuring 265m N-S and circa 275m E-W in internal diameters is described in the context of similar sites around the country as 'huge' (Morahan, 1996).
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- Bradley, I. 1999, Celtic Christianity, Making Myths and Chasing Dreams, Edinburgh, p.29
- Madden, J. 1999, Geophysical Signatures of Various archaeological sites/monuments at Mayo Abbey, Co. Mayo, MSc Thesis, NUIG, Galway, p11
- Morahan, L. 1996, An Archaeological Survey of the Mayo Abbey Parish, p.140-1
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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