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Killone Abbey, Ennis

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Killone Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Chill Eoin), situated on the banks of Killone Lake some 3 miles south of Ennis, County Clare, was an abbey of Canonesses Regular founded in 1190 by Donal Mor O'Brien, King of Thomond and Munster and dedicated to Saint John.

The ruins of the abbey, accessible through land used for grazing cattle, are located in the grounds of Newhall House, and include substantial remains of the abbey church together with a crypt. A narrow (and somewhat restrictive) stone stairway leads between the altar and the east window to a ledge atop the remains of the south wall of the church, where an overview of the grounds may be seen with care (there being no safety features incorporated).

There is currently no access as of Oct 18, 2021. The gate is closed with a notice of no trespassing and a warning of a bull in the field.

The property is in private ownership but cared for by the OPW. Permission should be sought from the land owners for entry to the property.
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  • You can't access the abbey, really disappointed as had it on my list of places to see in Clare. Gate locked and private property sign in place :( 
    You can't access the abbey, really disappointed as had it on my list of places to see in Clare. Gate locked and private property sign in place :(  more »
  • this is a very fine abbey with a large crypt. it sits beside the lake and there is a holy well close by. there is an annual mass celebrated here close to the end of June. 
    this is a very fine abbey with a large crypt. it sits beside the lake and there is a holy well close by. there is an annual mass celebrated here close to the end of June.  more »
  • Killone Abbey has that deep soulful feeling you get visiting ancient ruins... It's on a lovely setting in the County Clare countryside, but it's about a mile's walk in through farm and forest. Must... 
    Killone Abbey has that deep soulful feeling you get visiting ancient ruins... It's on a lovely setting in the County Clare countryside, but it's about a mile's walk in through farm and forest. Must...  more »
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  • Disgraceful the owner refused the people use the footpath to visit the place, “No Entry “ signs everywhere… How it could happen with a heritage area??!! Shame on the country and the council.
  • It’s on a private property, don’t bother going :(
  • Beautiful Abbey off the beaten track on the shore of a lake. I spent many nights camping near hear when I was growing up.
  • Amazingly historic location. Oldest area in Ireland with proven human habitation. 12500 yrs ago...
  • Must visit if interested in Ecclesiastical sites

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