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Established in the mid-1400s and destroyed in the 16th century by Sir Richard Bingham, the English governor appointed to suppress rebellion in Connaught, Moyne Abbey is an picturesque ruin between Killala and Ballina. Parts of the exterior are relatively complete, although the roof is completely gone. The closer you get, the more of a ruin you realize it is. The tower looks quite well preserved from a distance—until you look to the upper level, that is, where the whole structure looks as if it’s been snapped off by a giant hand. Moyne Abbey is a peaceful place, and looking through its moldering old windows, or over a misty carpet of green fields, you can fully understand why the monks chose this spot.