Clare Island Abbey facts for kids
Abbey viewed from the northeast
|Other names||St. Brigid's Abbey, Mainister-ni-clarch; Cliara; Cleara; Clara; Insula Maris; Oilen-ui-maile|
|Mother house||Knockmoy Abbey|
|Location||Lecarrow, Clare Island, County Mayo|
|Official name||Clare Island Abbey|
Clare Island Abbey is located in the centre of the south part of Clare Island, near the post office.
It was rebuilt c. 1460. It contains numerous tombs of the local ruling family, the Ó Máille (O'Malley) and tradition claims it as the site of the baptism, marriages and burial of Gráinne "Grace" O'Malley (c. 1530 – c. 1603), the famous "pirate queen." She is believed to have been interred at the O'Malley tomb which has a canopy.
The abbey was probably dissolved during the late 16th century. Later it was a place of refuge for Carmelite Friars.
The abbey is furnished with piscina, sedilia, carved heads and ogee and cusp-headed lancet windows.
Clare Island Abbey contains a series of medieval wall and ceiling paintings. They depict mythical, human and animal figures including dragons, a cockerel, stags, men on foot and on horseback, a harper, birds and trees. Such ornamentation is unusual for a Cistercian foundation.
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