Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Frescos of Clare Island Abbey

One of the most delightful “finds” during our tour visit to Clare Island last Sunday was a remarkable set of ancient 13th or 14th century frescos within the Cistercian Abbey. The abbey is locked up and there are no signs of how to get the key. Asking around I was led to a cottage and the keeper of the key who calls himself Bernie Winters.


This is one of the most remarkable ancient collections I have yet seen in Ireland and it is well worth visiting Clare Island just for these.



 

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