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Architecture of Connacht

09 June 2012

1280s – Kiltartan Castle, Co. Galway

Cromwell’s artillery left very little of the 13th century Castletown castle in the 1650s. Two storeys partially remain (with a 3-storey spiral stairway) of this 13th Century castle.

09 November 2012

1320c – Claddagh Castle, Dunmore, Co. Galway

Illustrated as largely intact in 1794, the castle is now much decayed. Probably built after the previous castle was burned in 1315, it is a massive four storey tower on a motte. It...

27 September 2011

1348 – Friary, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

“Abbey of Ballyhaunes, Co. Mayo” copper engraved print published in Francis Grose’s Antiquities of England and Wales, 1786.

09 November 2012

1353 – Kilconnell Abbey, Co. Galway

A Franciscan friary founded in 1353, by William O’Kelly, Lord of Ui Maine. The remaining building which are in good condition , consist of a church with nave, choir, south transeot and aisle,...

30 December 2009

1404c – Clontuskert Abbey, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

The first monastery founded here by St. Baeten in the late 7th century no longer exists. The current ruins date from the late 12th century onwards. After a fire in 1404, the buildings...

27 September 2011

1440 – Rosserk Abbey, Co. Mayo

One of the finest and best preserved Franciscan monasteries in Ireland, Rosserk was founded in 1440. Now a National Monument, the single aisled church has a finely carved west doorway. There are other...

28 November 2012

1448 – Tulsk Abbey, Co. Roscommon

According to Lewis’s Topographical Survey of Ireland, “O’Conor Roe erected a castle here in 1406, and during the same century a Dominican monastery was founded either by MacDuil or O’Dowell, or by Phelim,...

31 December 2009

1450c – Fenagh Abbey, Co. Leitrim

The present day abbey ruins date from the fifteenth century. Nearby is another ruin which was likely residential accommodation for the priests of Fenagh. The abbey was used for a time for Protestant...

25 May 2011

1462 – Moyne Abbey, Co. Mayo

Moyne Abbey is one of most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Mayo and a National Monument. It was founded by the Burke family as a Franciscan friary and consecrated in 1462. It is located...

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