OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Clontuskert Abbey, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The priory was built by the Augustinians in the 12th century on the site of an earlier monastery founded by St Baedan, who died c. 809AD. The fine medieval doorway has sculptures of St Michael with scales for judging souls, St John, St Katherine, and a Bishop. The priory became very rich and by the 14th century had become corrupt – just two years after the doorway was completed the Prior was accused of keeping concubines and committing murders.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Leave us a comment