Thursday, 21 May 2020

Lusk Abbey (Walsh) EDIT

c. xliv p. 434-5

Lusk in the barony of Balruddery twelve miles north of Dublin AD 497 St Culineus or Macculine was abbot and bishop of Lusk his feast is there observed on the 6th of September AD 498 died the bishop Cuynea MacCathmoa AD 616 died the bishop Petranus AD 695 died Cassan the learned scribe of Lusk In this year a synod was held at Lusk St Adamnanus was present it was also attended by the principal prelates of the kingdom There are extant certain decrees usually called the canons of Adamnan and which are chiefly relative to some meats improper for food together with a prohibition of eating such of them as contain blood Colga the son of Moenach abbot of Lusk attended the synod AD 734 died the abbot Conmaole MacColgan AD 781 died the abbot Conel or Colgan AD 825 the Danes destroyed and ravaged this abbey AD 835 died Ferbassach bishop of Lusk AD 854 the abbey and town were destroyed by fire AD 874 died the bishop Benacta AD 882 died the bishop Mutran AD 901 died Buadan bishop of Lusk AD 906 died the bishop Colman AD 924 Tuathal MacOenagan bishop of Duleeke and Lusk died
AD 965 died the blessed Ailild son of Moenach bishop of Swords and Lusk Many of the ancient monasteries having been totally demolished and wrecked by the Danes the succession of bishops has been lost and those minor sees became merged in the greater bishoprics Many of those ancient monasteries have not been rebuilt as persons desirous to embrace the monastic state could enter the establishments of canons regular as well as those of the Benedictine and Cistercian order which were introduced by St Malachy The church of Lusk consists of two long aisles divided by seven arches adjoining the west end stands a handsome square steeple three angles of which are supported by round towers and near to the fourth angle is one of those ancient round towers so peculiar to Ireland it is in good preservation and rises several feet above the battlements of the steeple Nunnery This house which was originally founded for nuns of the order of Aroasia was afterwards appropriated to the priory of All Saints Dublin and in the year 1190 it was translated to Grace Dieu by John archbishop of Dublin The walls said to have been those of this ancient nunnery are still to be seen at Lusk

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