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Architecture of Munster

02 May 2012

1315 – Augustinian Abbey, Adare, Co. Limerick

The Earl of Kildare founded the Augustinian friary at Adare, County Limerick in 1315. Religious activities continued for about 200 years, until the community was suppressed in the mid-16th century. The church is...

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...

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...

12 November 2009

1460 – Bridge Castle, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Medieval tower house, similar to many across Ireland, that was built to control a river crossing of the Suir. A small fragment of the east gate of the town wall is still attached...

02 May 2012

1464 – Franciscan Abbey, Adare, Co. Limerick

Now a fine ruin in the grounds of the Adare Manor Golf Club, the Franciscan Friary was founded in 1464 by Thomas, Earl of Kildare.

12 November 2009

1475 – Holycross Abbey, Co. Tipperary

A medieval Cistercian monastery, Holy Cross Abbey was a place of great medieval pilgrimage, and with the Reformation, also a rallying-point for the dispossessed and victims of religious persecution. Following the Cromwellian war,...

10 November 2009

1480 (circa) – Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry

This castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is unsure but it was probably built in the...