This abbey was our first stop on our tour of Connemara. It's a complex of ruins from the 14th century, described as the most extensive and best-preserved Franciscan ruins in Ireland. It's a special place, but the truth is that it was quite similar to what we had seen previously. Ireland is full of ruined historical monuments and tombstones, and this abbey isn't an exception. In fact, we even saw something very similar in Villa Gong, the difference being that they were inside the city.
One of the things we liked most about Ireland was driving along the roads, finding amazing monuments that we'd never heard of before. An example of this is a beautiful Franciscan Abbey near Galway, specifically at the coordinates N 53 º 20. 828 'W 8 º 56. 639 '. The Claregalway Abbey or Monastery is located in the town of the same name and was founded in 1252 and commissioned by John Cogan, the Norman knight who took possession of the area following the Norman conquest of Connacht, and the Franciscan community lived under his patronage until 1327. The monastery went through all the vicissitudes of history until 1840 when it had only two members left, and was closed. It's full of graves and the cemetery is still in use today. Access to the site is free and highly recommended.