Strade Abbey, County Mayo

We played inside these walls
Laughter dancing in the chancel
Ran inside these halls
Bare feet upon the earth
And we watched the years slip by
The crosses gain in number
Until we laid there with them
Our laughter now in stone.
— Claire Loader

So often it is the smaller abbey that deceives, the humble and quiet that has the most to share. A modest and unassuming Friary, Strade harbours some of the best preserved stonework to be found in County Mayo. From the fabulous Gothic tracery and carvings on the two 15th Century tombs, to the wonderful medieval grave slabs, if you haven’t yet stepped inside her walls, then you have been fooled.

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