Quin Abbey, County Clare, Ireland  by Finbarr Reilly

Quin Abbey, County Clare, Ireland by 

Panoramic of Quin Abbey, County Clare, Ireland.Quin Abbey was built between 1402 and 1433 by Sioda Cam MacNamara, for Fathers Purcell and Mooney, monks of the Franciscan order, in Quin, County Clare, Ireland. Although mostly roofless, the structure of the abbey is relatively well preserved. There is an intact cloister, and many other surviving architectural features make the abbey of significant historical value.A far earlier monastery had existed on the site, which burned down in 1278. A Norman castle was built soon after by Thomas de Clare, a military commander. The foundations of the castle’s enormous corner towers can still be seen. Around 1350 the castle, by then a ruin, was rebuilt as a church by the McNamara clan. It was this structure which the MacNamaras subsequently rebuilt as the present abbey. In 1541, during the Reformation, King Henry VIII confiscated the abbey and it passed into the hands of Conor O’Brian, Earl of Thomond. In about 1590 the MacNamaras regained control of the abbey and once again set about repairing and restoring it. In about 1640 the building became a college and is alleged to have had 800 students. Sadly Oliver Cromwell arrived only 10 years later, murdering the monks and destroying the abbey. In 1671 the abbey was once again restored, but never regained its former status. Eventually in 1760 the monks were expelled, although the last Friar, John Hogan, remained there until his death in 1820, by which time the buildings were ruined by neglect.

The abbey is roughly 9 miles from Ennis. A visitor centre is located near the abbey and the structure and grounds can be visited free of charge. A caretaker is permanently based at the abbey. Floodlighting has recently been installed which produces a spectacular sight at night. The graveyard surrounding the abbey is still in use.
Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR
ISO 400
WB- Shade


  • wildone
    wildonealmost 4 years ago

    A superb pano shot with great info Finbarr

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 4 years ago

    Superb pano my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………Tony

  • celtusone
    celtusonealmost 4 years ago

    lovely image and nice info

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 4 years ago

    This is a brilliant shot that’s well composed and has great colours, Tina:))

  • PaulWJewell
    PaulWJewellalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture Finbar, I enjoy reading about your capture, to often people just show a picture without a word, you are great, regards PJ

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66almost 4 years ago

    Awesome pano and colors.!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    excellent capture and pano

  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!

  • Pat Duggan
    Pat Dugganalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent Photography Finbarr,,,,,,,an instant Favourite,,,,Cheers!!

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing history there!! Lovely pano.

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