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The lands at Clonturk and Donnycarney belonged to the Priory of All Hallows (aka All Saints), which had been founded by Diarmuid McMurrough circa 1166. The priory itself was situated just south of the River Liffey on a plan called the 'Stein' or 'Staine'. In 1538, after Henry VIII passed the Act for the Suppression of Monasteries, the Priory of All Saints with 'all its lands and advowsons' was surrendered to the Crown. As part of the Reformation in Ireland, the buildings and lands were granted by the Crown to the Mayor and Corporation of Dublin, on behalf of the citizens, in 1539.

Priory of All Hallows

The Priory of All Hallows (or Priory of All Saints) was a monastic foundation just outside Dublin, Ireland.[1][2]



All Hallows was founded in 1166 by Diarmait Mac Murchada shortly before his deposition as by King of Leinster. It was situated east of the walled city in an area known as "Hoggin Green" or "Hogges Green" or "Le Hogges". It was an Araosian (Augustinian) foundation, with canons regular. The priory was one of the most important, and over time became one of the wealthiest, religious establishments in the vicinity of Dublin, along with the Priory of St John the Baptist (Thomas Street), the Priory of the Holy Trinity and St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin (as well as the more remote foundations such as Grace Dieu Abbey).

Four years after founding the priory, Mac Murchada, by then restored to his lands by his Cambro-Norman allies, landed an invasion at the Steine and captured the walled city from the ruling Hiberno-Norse dynasty. The priory survived the invasion and a period of prosperity followed.

As part of the Reformation in Ireland, the Crown dissolved the priory. In 1538, the buildings and lands were granted, for a Crown head rent of 4 pounds, 3 shillings and a halfpenny, to the mayor and corporation of Dublin on behalf of the citizens.

Trinity College

Archbishop Loftus asked the mayor to grant the All Hallows lands, then generating a rent of only 20 pounds a year for the city, for the use of a college and when this was done, he employed Henry Ussher to appeal to Elizabeth I of England for a charter for a college and a licence for the land, which was granted in December 1591. This new foundation became Trinity College, Dublin of which Archibishop Loftus became first Provost.

Natural features

Two natural features made the site an important space in both the Viking and Hiberno-Norse periods: the River Steyne and the landing stage of the River Liffey. The Steyne or Stein ran along the western edge of the priory lands. One of two bridges over the small river was located where of the current main entrance to Trinity College now stands. A watermill and associated pond lay nearby. The landing stage, at a place called the "Long stone" of the Steine was located north of the priory near the present day Pearse Street Garda Station.


A tile from the original priory is in a collection of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.


  1. Warburton, Whitelaw and Walsh (1818). History of the City of Dublin, etc. London: Cadell & Davies. pp. 353–357 (esp.).
  2. Chapters of Dublin, Chapter IV: Trinity College, by Samuel A. Ossory Fitzpatrick
  3. Seán Duffy, editor (2013). Medieval Dublin XIII, Proceedings of the Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium 2011. p. 251.
  4. Nicholas Patrick Wiseman (1838). The Dublin review, Volume 4. p. 285.
  5. "Historical Objects". Trinity College, Dublin.

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