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Temple Cronan, Carron, Co Clare

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Once the site of a seventh century monastery founded by a St Cronan, Temple Cronan is an early Christian church, re-built in the twelfth century with romanesque decorations added at that time. It was rebuilt again in the fifteenth century, and became a site of pilgrimage – the tomb shrine beside the church is said to mark the grave of St Cronan. Of particular note are the blocked up trabeate doorway and the animal and head carvings incorporated in the walls.

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