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Architecture of Galway

09 October 2012

1190 – Knockmoy Abbey, Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway

The Cistercian Abbey of Knockmoy was founded in 1189-90 by the King of Connacht (Cathal Crovdearg O Connor, who was buried there in 1244) in the years 1189-1190. Knockmoy is rare in that...

30 December 2009

1230c – Franciscan Monastery, Claregalway, Co. Galway

Probably founded by a Norman lord, John de Cogan in the first half of the 13th century. Like other monasterys of the period, the buildings were clustered around a central cloister. In the...

09 November 2012

1241 – Athenry Abbey, Co. Galway

In 1241, the Dominican Abbey was founded by Meiler de Bermingham, 2nd Lord of Athenry. Built over many years, the refectory, which is gone, was built around 1265, with the chapel completed before...

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...

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...

30 December 2009

1520 – Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Co. Galway

Dunguaire Castle, the principal towerhouse of the O’hEidhin clan, is located to the east of the village. This towerhouse is believed to have been built on or close to the site of RĂ¡th...

30 December 2009

1572 – Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard, Co. Galway

The castle was built by the O’Flahertys in the 16th century, one of Connacht’s most notable lord families. Aughnanure is one of over 200 tower houses in County Galway, constructed mainly by Gaelic...