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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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  • It's a really nice place to visit if you're nearby, it's basically a Fort that was converted later to a Abbey. It's in ruins but is maintained and its worth the visit! 
  • Worth seeing if you passing through, it probably keeps you bussy only for an hour or if you like horse back riding you could combinate it with castelfergus equistarian center and stay in the lovely ab...  more »
  • This is a crumbling abbey, and while not abandoned (the grounds are still maintained), it's a derelict ruin, slowly being overtaken by moss. There's not a huge amount to see, and what's left of the up...  more »
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  • very nice place to visit and it's free
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  • Really great, free besichtigbares former monastery. Here you can feel the centuries. A great experience is to go through the preserved cloisters. The best I've seen on 2600 km Ireland in total.
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  • That's all what is expected of the Ireland, an old Abbey left in his juice surrounded by graves. And oddly feels well, an atmosphere of peace!
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  • Beautiful decor
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