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Clare Abbey, Clarecastle, Clare

(52°49′52″N, 8°57′54″W)
Clare Abbey
R 35 76
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Clare
now Clare
medieval Killaloe
now Killaloe
  • Tessa Garton
20 June 1991

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Single-aisled church and monastic buildings with cloister. In the S wall of the nave are a plain round-headed doorway with a single square order and a window with two plain chamfered orders externally. The church has no Romanesque sculpture.


Founded before 1189 by Domnall Mor O'Brien; given to Augustinian Canons and possessions confirmed in 1189. Officially suppressed c.1543, but may have continued for a short period (Gwynn & Hadcock 1970, 162).


Some parts of the church including the S doorway and S window of nave probably date from the late 12thc. Otherwise the work is largely 15thc.


T. J. Westropp, "The Augustinian Houses of the County Clare: Clare, Killone, and Inchicronan." Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 30 (1900), 145, with further bibliography.

T.J. Westropp, 'The Churches of County Clare and the Origin of the Ecclesiastical divisions in that county', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 22 (1900) 118, with plan and illustrations.