There are a plethora of monastic sites dotted around the breathtaking landscape of the Burren in County Clare. Kilfenora’s monastic site was founded by St Fachnan in 560 AD. It’s historic backdrop of the rugged Burren served as an ideal solitary place to pray. Corcomroe Abbey’s 13th century Cistercian foundation was founded by Donal Mór O’Brien, and his grandson, a former king of Thomond. Kilnaboy, St. Inghean Bhaoth founded a monastery here, the name Kilnaboy (Cill Iníne Baoith), meaning “church of Baoth’s daughter. The present structure dates from the 13th century. Our last stop on the tour, Kilmacduagh monastery near Gort, was founded by St Colman in the 7th century. The round tower jutting out of the majestic vista makes for a breathtaking location.
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