• Heritage Guide No. 90: Black Friary, Trim, Co. Meath


A guide to the excavations at the medieval Dominican friary


Behind a supermarket on the north side of the town of Trim, Co. Meath, in a 2.2ha field, are the buried remains of a Dominican friary. It was founded in 1263 by Geoffrey de Geneville, lord of Trim, and his wife Matilda (Maud) de Lacy. She was the great-granddaughter of Hugh de Lacy and co-heiress to the family estates.


In 1972 a preservation order was placed on the site, giving it statutory protection. A geophysical survey in 1988 by Dr W.J. Kennedy of Florida Atlantic University located the church, cloister and domestic buildings. In 2010 a teaching and research excavation began, with students from around the world and the local community, and since then significant elements of the friary buildings, burials and gardens have been uncovered.

By 2010


This Heritage Guide describes the fascinating findings.


Heritage Guides are included free with Archaeology Ireland subscriptions. Or can be purchased vis this website @ €5 each.


Author Frank Prendergast
Publication Data December 2019
Subjects Sligo- a historic urban centre on the Atlantic Coast

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Heritage Guide No. 90: Black Friary, Trim, Co. Meath

  • ISBN: ISSN 0790-982X
  • Author(s): Frank Prendergast
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