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Remarkably well preserved

This requires a little bit of a walk along the uneven shoreline grass, but is well worth the... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
sgphoto
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Worth the walk

You have to go a bit of a roundabout way to get to Rathfran Abbey but it's definitely worth it... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
2020vision
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Dundonald, Belfast.
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15 Sep 2018
“Remarkably well preserved”
29 Jul 2018
“Worth the walk”
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Rathfran, Killala, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This requires a little bit of a walk along the uneven shoreline grass, but is well worth the effort. The church is fairly intact (without the roof obviously) and sits in a grassy field on the river, surrounded by cows. We had blue skies that...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

You have to go a bit of a roundabout way to get to Rathfran Abbey but it's definitely worth it . It's a beautiful setting for what must have been a really substantial building . It's difficult to imagine how these buildings came to fruition...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We asked precise instructions in Killala, but met blank faces, so, from the internet, found our way to Rathfran Cemetery.. By eye, as the last turning is not signed. The signs to the Abbey are clear and easy to find. So, along the shore we...More

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

I so enjoy immersing myself in the aura of a Rathfran Abbey, isolated and austere, vulnerable to the incessantly wearying demands of its challenging position, yet noble in its defiance of fatalism. One wonders what life was like beyond the austerity, prayers and silence. Were...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This was very difficult to find. We finally ask a guy who lived near by for directions. We missed the part where he said walk through a second gate. We ended up in a cow pasture, which was hilarious!! It's a nice thing to do...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2016

Rathfran is a Dominican foundation, much older than the two Franciscan Friaries at Rosserk and Moyne. It was founded in 1274, but like its Franciscan neighbours in Rosserk and Moyne, it was burned down in 1590 by the English Governor of Connaught, Sir Richard Bingham....More

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Reviewed 25 March 2016

Firstly, there is a bit of a walk along water so bring waterproof footwear! This is a unique abbey because you can see the changes through time. It is clear that this structure went through several stages of construction/alteration because windows had been changed, walls...More

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