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Architecture of Munster

12 November 2009

1100 – St. Farannan’s Church – Donaghmore, Co. Tipperary

Medieval church consisting of a nave and chancel with a finely detailed doorway and chancel archway. The doorway has good Romanesque detail as does the chancel arch capitals. The gables were probably restored...

20 February 2014

1134 – Cormac’s Chapel, Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Cormac’s Chapel, consecrated in 1134, is the most important building on the Rock of Cashel, from an architectural point of view. Begun in 1127, it is a very sophisticated structure for a Irish...

11 November 2009

1142 – Cahir Castle, Co. Tipperary

Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. It...

09 November 2012

1189 – Clare Abbey, Clarecastle, Co. Clare

Established by Donal Mor O’Brien in 1189, the abbey at Clarecastle, County Clare was the first, largest and most important Augustinian house in the region. When the charter was re-confirmed in 1461, the...

11 November 2009

1194 – St Mary’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Limerick

Construction on St. Mary’s Cathedral started in the 12th century, and was completed around 1194. The full title of this Cathedral is the “Cathedral and Parochial Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. It...

05 November 2009

1195 – Corcomroe Abbey, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Officially “Sancta Maria de Petra Fertili” or “Saint Mary of the Fertile Rock”. Corcomroe Abbey is sited a few miles from Ballyvaughan within sight of the coast. The abbey is sited in a...

05 November 2009

1200c – Dysert O Dea Monastery, Co. Clare

The Dysert O Dea Monastic Site is home to the Dysert O Dea Church and the remains of a Round Tower. The most interesting parts of the church are the 13th century east...

11 November 2009

1210 – King John’s Castle, Limerick

King John’s Castle, on the south side of Thomond Bridge head, built in 1210 “to dominate the bridge and watch towards Thomond”, is one of the finest specimens of fortified Norman architecture in...

05 November 2009

1220 – Collegiate Church of St Mary, Youghal, Co. Cork

St Mary’s Collegiate Church is one of the oldest churches in the country and occupies a site devoted to religious worship since early Christian times. The building is now a National Monument. The...

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