The first, largest and one of the most important Augustinian houses in Ireland

Clare Abbey was founded in 1195 and is situated on an elevated site beside the Fergus River. This was the 1st, largest, and most important Augustinian house in County Clare. It was founded under the sponsorship of Domnall Mór O Brian, the King of Thomond and despite a turbulent history remained in use right up until the 17th century.  After the suppression of the monasteries in 1543 the parish lands, now the civil parish of Clareabbey was given to the Barons of Ibrackan by King Henry VIII of England. In 1620 it became the property of the Earl of Thomond. Some parts of the single-aisled church date back to the 12th century, and the tower, the beautiful east window, and the domestic buildings were probably constructed around 1460. Keep your eyes peeled as there are a number of interesting sculptural features for the observant visitor.