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Quin Abbey, Quin

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Quin Abbey, is a ruined Franciscan abbey or friary in Quin, roughly 9 miles from Ennis, County Clare in Ireland. The friary was founded around 1402 by Síoda Cam MacNamara and became an Observant Reformed house in 1433. While many friaries were founded on the site of earlier religious houses and monasteries, Quin friary occupies the site of the Anglo-Norman de Clare fortress that was built after 1278, and destroyed in 1318. The remains of the castle are still visible as they were incorporated into the friary, with the foundations of three of the corner towers of the curtain wall surviving to varying degrees. The abbey continued to be inhabited by a small number of friars until 1820. Despite its suppression and suffering repeated attack in the sixteenth century, substantial remains of the friary survive, making it one of the most intact medieval Franciscan friaries in Ireland. Today, Quin Abbey is a National Monument (SMR CL042-027002-).HistoryThe church that later became Quin Abbey was founded by the MacNamara family around 1350. From the 14th century the MacNamara clan was the most powerful family in the Baronies of Upper and Lower Bunratty and Upper and Lower Tulla. Making use of the remains of an earlier Norman castle (see below), notably the south curtain-wall, they constructed a church. North of the church, a residence for the clergy and a small sacristy were added. Sioda Cam MacNamara built the cloisters in 1402. In 1430, the bell-tower and Lady Chapel were built by Mahon MacNamara. In 1433, he gave the property to the Franciscan order and allowed them to establish their friary there. Reportedly, the first friars were Fathers Purcell and Mooney.
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  • We stumbled on this when we ate lunch at the abbey tavern it was a great find ,don't miss this it is spectacular 
  • My husband had picked out Quin Abbey via satellite imagery as one of the places he wanted to visit. Due to a variety of reasons we almost didn't get there, but managed to do so the day before we depar...  read more »
  • Make sure to visit this beautiful Abbey when you're paying through the village of Quin. The entrant us through a nice park area right in the village. The Abbey is built right beside the river, with ni...  read more »
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