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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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