Corcomroe Abbey, Bell Harbour

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Corcomroe Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Chorca Mrua) is an early 13th-century Cistercian monastery located in the north of the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland, a few miles east of the village of Ballyvaughan in the Barony of Burren. It was once known as "St. Mary of the Fertile Rock", a reference to the Burren's fertile soil.

The Romanesque ruins feature stone carvings that are considered to be among the finest in a Cistercian church in Ireland.: 7  The abbey appears in W.B. Yeats' play The Dreaming of Bones.: 14  They constitute a National Monument and are open to the public.
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  • Don’t be disappointed because it is basically a ruin. Go in, walk about, feel history come in on you. Think of what this Abbey must have been in its glory day. It was majestic and it still shows. The....  more
    Don’t be disappointed because it is basically a ruin. Go in, walk about, feel history come in on you. Think of what this Abbey must have been in its glory day. It was majestic and it still shows. The....  more »
  • The history of these sites is just amazing and it always gives me a feeling of awe to be able to walk around something built in the 12th century. The Abbey is set in a valley and you can see it from....  more
    The history of these sites is just amazing and it always gives me a feeling of awe to be able to walk around something built in the 12th century. The Abbey is set in a valley and you can see it from....  more »
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  • The path here is a little questionable if you're not familiar with driving in Ireland but it's well worth the trip. This was probably the most beautiful places we saw in Ireland - including castles, abbeys and other places of interest. It was quiet and somewhat somber being an active graveyard but it really was wonderful.
  • Very old abbey (12th century), beautifully preserved. Very peaceful visit

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