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Timoleague Franciscan Friary

| West Cork, Timoleague, Ireland
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An awesome surprise find

Somehow we didn't know this place existed when planning our trip, so we felt like we'd made this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
quinnunit66
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Such a lot of history and great for photos

You get a chance to relive history. The restaurants will help you to discover the area and it is a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
kayquinn
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County Cork, Ireland
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Timoleague Village is located in the heart of West Cork, just 45 minutes from Cork City and is close for the following villages and towns of West Cork such as Kinsale, Innishannon, Rosscarberry, Bandon, Inchydoney, Clonakilty and its close seaside neighbour Courtmacsherry. Timoleague Abbey is the main focal point in the village and it stands picturesquely at the water's edge at the head of a long sea inlet. Timoleague Abbey has been chosen as one of the main Discovery points on the Wild Atlantic way.In its day it was one of the largest and most important of the religious houses in Ireland. It was founded by one of the MacCarthys for the Franciscans in 1240, on the site already associated with St. Molaga - hence the name Timoleague, i.e. Tigh Molaga or the House of Molaga. Like all such monasteries, it was suppressed during the Reformation but the monks stayed in the district and returned in 1604 to repair it and bring it back to life. It must have recovered to some degree: the important MSS, known as the Book of Lismore, was in its keeping in 1629. It is said that the monks did a goodly trade in smuggled Spanish wine! Timoleague has its own Bird Sanctuary area for those with outdoor interests, and for the surfers, they can experience surfing at the Blue Flag Beach at Inchydoney, the Michael Collins Experience in Clonakilty for those interested in local history and for the walkers and water lovers,the Seven Heads Walkway and Courtmacsherry bay are the ideal places to explore.. Take a boat trip from Baltimore and explore the Islands off Baltimore such as Sherkin Island and Cape Clear Island for some great scenery and wildlife.For Food Lovers the area offers some of the best Dining options in Ireland and specialise in local produce. Timoleague is the ideal base to explore all that West Cork has to offer and has several accommodation options including Caravan and Camping and BB options ... See Failte Ireland for full route details of The Wild Atlantic Way We look forward to Welcoming you to our beautiful part of the Country...
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"beautiful ruins"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Somehow we didn't know this place existed when planning our trip, so we felt like we'd made this awesome discovery when we spotted it on our drive. It's a beautiful place, and we can see they're doing work to preserve it from further ruin, thank...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

You get a chance to relive history. The restaurants will help you to discover the area and it is a lovely walk.

Thank kayquinn
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Timoleague Friary is an interesting ruin that has clearly seen much history over many centuries. Still fairly complete (stone walls but no roofs), the site is now used as a cemetery, and is still in use for that purpose. Entrance is free and there...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Timoleague Abbey is one of the attraction in West Cork, Ireland. It is a Franciscan friary founded in 1240 and now a ruins.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Franciscan Friary was an important part of Timoleague history and a trading centre in years past and is very impressive.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Amazing to see so much of this Abbey still standing. The foundation of the friary has been attributed to Domhnall Got MacCarthy (d. 1252) in 1240 and also to William de Barry (d. 1373), with his wife Margery de Courcy, in the early fourteenth century....More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Situated close to the coastal estuary. We found it a bit strange having a modern graveyard situated in an ancient monument, especially since the graves seem to fill every piece of bare land within the Abbey. I wouldn't want to be alone in their at...More

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

The Timoleague Friary ,Clonakilty is such a wonderfully magic place . An old remnant of the Friary holds a great view of the skills in stone and the nature in heart of the people in this part of Ireland. The shops are sweet and the...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Right off the Altantic Coastal Road R600 old ruins to explore by yourselves. Kiddies can play hide and seek. Nice stop on the way to Clonachilty

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Don't just come here for the ruins as there is so much more to see. Cemetery is really interesting and the views of the bay and surrounding areas are stunning. A definite when in the area.

Thank maddiePortsmouth
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