7 / 7
Corcomroe Abbey
Founded in the late 12th century, Corcomroe Cistercian abbey is located in Burren, County Clare. Constructed of local limestone, the Romanesque abbey features fine stone carvings attributed to a group of artisans from western Ireland known as the "School of the West." In 1554, during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was transferred to private hands, but the monks continued to tend the fields and maintain the abbey. The last abbot, Fr. John O'Dea, a monk of Salamanca, was appointed in 1628.

© Andreas F. Borchert | CC BY-SA 4.0