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Architecture of Clare

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...

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...

03 February 2011

1240 – Ennis Abbey, Co. Clare

The origins of Ennis date back to 1240AD when Donnchadh Caribreach O’Brien helped establish the Franciscan Order in Ennis, by his offer of hospitality to wandering Friars. An Abbey was later built to...

05 November 2009

1425 – Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare

The present structure was completed by the MacNamara family around 1425 but 50 years later was in the hands of the O’Briens, the most powerful clan in Munster. In 1646, during the Irish...

05 November 2009

15th C. – Caislean Sean Muckinish, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Ruined tower house on the coast just outside Ballyvaughan. The Castle of Shanmuckinis, now generally called the Castle of Ballynacregga, is a square castle measuring twenty eight feet six inches by twenty five...

05 November 2009

1600 – Gleninagh Castle, Co. Clare

Gleninagh Castle is a well-preserved sixteenth-century tower house stands guard over the northern shoreline of the Burren. It is an L-shaped building with a spiral stairway in the narrower east section. The doorway,...

05 November 2009

1640 – Lemenagh Castle, Co. Clare

Lemenagh Castle was both a castle (1480) and fortified house (1640) and was one of the principal strongholds of the O’Brien’s. The fortified house was built by Conor O’Brien who was married to...

09 December 2009

1835 – Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Architect: James & George Pain Work began around 1822 and cost about 50,000 to complete. The Pain brothers submitted some classical designs but their client Edward O’Brien, 4th Baronet Inchiquin, chose their neo-gothic...

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