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St Nicholas, Adare

(52°33′47″N, 8°46′56″W)
R 47 46
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Limerick
now Limerick
medieval Limerick
now Limerick
  • Tessa Garton

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Feature Sets

The former Augustinian friary is now a Church of Ireland parish church. The font is the only possibly Romanesque feature.


The Augustinian friary was founded c.1316 and adopted the Observant reform in 1472. The tower was added in the 15thc.





The font is evidently medieval, but of uncertain date, possibly 12thc or 13thc. The crude quality of the carving and the coarse granite used for the font bear no relationship to the much finer 14-15thc. limestone carving in the church, and the font does not appear to be part of original church fittings.


M. Killanin and M. Duignan, The Shell Guide to Ireland, London, 1962, 3rd ed. 1989, 36.

P. Harbison, Guide to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, (Dublin, 1992), 216.