Abbey Walk

Map: here

A short walk through Fenagh Village to take in the beauty of the New Abbey and St Catherine’s Church and grounds.

Distance: 1.5km
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: On pavements/ roads/ paths
Time: 20 minutes

Directions: Starting at Fenagh Visitor Centre, cross the road and walk on the pavement heading East. Turn right at the junction (heading towards Mohill). The Abbeys and Church of Ireland are on the left hand side.  There is limited access to the lower abbey, the terrain is not suitable at the moment for safe walking.  The larger Abbey is accessible through the main graveyard gate, entrance to the inner Abbey can be organised with the Visitor Centre.  The Church of Ireland is accessible by its main gateway too, the inner church is accessible by key only.

INTERESTING FACTS: Two church ruins stand on the site of an earlier monastery founded by St. Caillin in the 6th century. The main ruins of the Gothic church have (among other features) an east window of unusual design and a relief-carved 17th-century penal cross. Gaelic kings are said to be buried in the graveyard. There was also a divinity school at Fenagh. It is believed that community life continued until 1652, when Cromwellian soldiers ransacked it. It was damaged by cannon fire during the Williamite wars in 1690, and the last service was said in 1729. The present day abbey ruins date from the fifteenth century. Nearby is another ruin which was likely residential accommodation for the priests of Fenagh. The abbey was used for a time for Protestant worship until the present church was built nearby in circa 1798.


  1. Philomena Stewart
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I am wondering is their a guided walk/group I could join as I find its not much fun going for walks on my own. I would be most grateful to hear from you regarding the above.
    Kind regards

  2. Posted July 24, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    There are no walking groups in Fenagh at the moment – we do offer guided walks to the Abbey but these are not leisure walks as such, they are aimed at visitors who want to find out about the history and we do charge a fee for these – the local notes section of the Leitirm Observer is a good way to find out what is happening in the surrounding areas.
    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon

  3. Marian Devenish
    Posted November 20, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Hoping to come to Fenagh to visit my mum’s place in April. Her maiden name was Walpole and her parents are buried in St Mary’s Church Foxfirld. I then want to trace her home. We hope to stay at the Rectory.
    How far is the Church from the Rectory?
    Many thanks

  4. Posted December 6, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian …the church in Foxfield is about a mile from the Old Rectory …your relatives are probably buried in the Abbey graveyard which is right beside the Old Rectory. If you need further information get in touch on 071 9645590 or the Old Rectory 071 9644089.
    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon