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Buildings of Ireland

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...

01 October 2010

1445 – Kilcooly Abbey, Co. Tipperary

Originally built around 1200, complete destruction of the abbey in 1445 led it its rebuilding. The main part of the abbey consists of the Entrance Chamber, the Church, the Tower and the Sacristy....

08 March 2010

1446 – Blarney Castle, Co. Cork

The third castle built on this site, with a original wooden structure believed to have existed, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification, which was...

06 June 2013

1448 – Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor. It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. Today the abbey is...

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,...

25 May 2010

1450 – Bective Abbey, Bective, Co. Meath

Bective Abbey is a Cistercian abbey on the River Boyne, founded by Murchad O’Maeil-Sheachlainn in 1147 as a ‘daughter house’ of Mellifont Abbey. It is in a remarkable state of preservation. The buildings...

17 September 2012

1450 – Dunmoe Castle, Co.Meath

The four-storey castle was originally square with four round turrets at the corners. Probably of mid 15th century construction but in an earlier style. The two lower storeys were vaulted. A drawing of...

28 January 2010

1450 – Howth Castle, Co. Dublin

The current building is not the original Howth Castle, which was on the high slopes by the village and the sea. The English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens restyled a 14th century castle built...

28 January 2010

1450 – St. Mary’s Community House, Howth, Co. Dublin

The nearby church of St Mary was collegiate and it was here that the community lived. In poor repair for many years, the building has some fine details including the window illustrated. Recently...

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