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Scoil Naomh Molaise, Grange, Co. Sligo

Staid Abbey


Stáid Abbey measures 12m by 6m.

·       It is just 6m from a cliff edge.

·       It is about 2km south-west of Streedagh strand.

·       The cliff has eroded by about 20m in the last 150 years. If erosion continues the church will gradually fall into the sea.

·       Although stáid is traditionally called stáid abbey there’s no evidence that it actually was an abbey.

·       The present church may date to around the 15th century AD.

·       The site in general seems to be associated with Inishmurray island.

·       Inishmurray is located about 6.5km away.

·       It may originally date to the 10th century or earlier.

·       It may have been used as a hostel or stopping point for people travelling to Inishmurray.

·       Captain De Cuellar, a survivor of the 3 ships of the Spanish Armada wrecked on Streedagh in 1588, mentions Stáid in a diary he wrote about his             adventure,

·       He found the church had been burnt and 12 Spanish hung from the rafters by the English.