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37a. Dysert O'Dea - A History Trail, near Corofin, County Clare - Part 1 Dysert O'Dea Castle, St Tolá's Cross & St Tola's Abbey

Dysert O'Dea Castle is south of Corofin, east of the R460 Inagh road and west of the R476 Ennis road. At the castle museum you can by a history trail map that can be followed on foot or car.

Dysert O'Dea Castle was built in AD 1480 and is typical of a 15th century tower house and was the home of the O'Dea chiefs until 1692. - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Dysert O'Dea Castle was built in AD 1470-1490 and is typical of a 15th century tower house and was the home of the O'Dea chiefs until 1692.

 

You can go to the top of the tower and look out over the battlements - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland the castle museum displays - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

You can go to the top of the tower and look out over the battlements after pottering around the castle museum and interpretive centre displays ...

the castle museum displays - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland the castle museum displays - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

.... before or after some refreshment in the cafe!

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Co. Clare, Ireland, has been restored and converted into a historical museum and archaeological centre.

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Co. Clare, Ireland, has been restored and converted into a historical museum and archaeological centre.

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Co. Clare, Ireland, has been restored and converted into a historical museum and archaeological centre.

Dysert O'Dea Castle, Corofin, Co. Clare, West of Ireland, has been restored and converted into a historical museum and archaeological centre. Apart from tea, coffee and snacks, bring a picnic and you can purchase a history trail map to various interesting sites which is well worth doing.

 

After the castle you can head off to St Tola's Cross.

St Tola's High Cross - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland St Tola's High Cross - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland St Tola's High Cross - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

St Tola's High Cross is a magnificent 12th century piece of stone carving. St Tola died somewhere between AD 733 and 737. The east face depicts a stylised crucifixion on the cross head with the figure of a bishop below.

 

the ruins of Dysert O'Dea Abbey - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

After passing St Tola's cross you continue on down to the ruins of Dysert O'Dea Abbey

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37b. Dysert O'Dea - A History Trail, near Corofin, Co. Clare - Part 2 Dysert O'Dea Abbey church monastic site, Round Tower, Rath earthen ring fort, Rath Church, Loch Ratha/Raha and Rath Castle

 

The fine three-light east window in the ruins of Dysert O'Dea Abbey - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland the 11th century round tower blasted by the guns of Cromwell's army! - Dysert O'Dea Abbey near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Dysert O'Dea Abbey, St Tola's Church, was originally the site of the 8th century hermitage church of St Tóla. This monastic site was extensively rebuilt in the 12th and 17th century. The fine three-light east window in the ruins of Dysert O'Dea Abbey. By the church is the 11th century round tower blasted by the guns of Cromwell's army! It was built as a belfry and a refuge for monks and their valuable books and treasures. It may have been one of Ireland's tallest round towers at ~100 ft (33m)?

 

The fine Romanesque doorway of four orders surrounded by a row of animal and human heads - Dysert O'Dea Abbey near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

The fine 13th century Romanesque doorway of four orders surrounded by a row of animal and human heads.

The fine Romanesque doorway of four orders surrounded by a row of animal and human heads - Dysert O'Dea Abbey near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Details of the magnificent Romanesque archway, originally the west door, it has been reconstructed in the south wall.

 

Looking down the nave to the chancel and the east window of Dysert O'Dea Abbey - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Looking down the nave to the chancel and the east window of Dysert O'Dea Abbey.

 

Rath low earthen ring fort - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

North-west of Dysert O'Dea Abbey is the Rath low earthen ring fort, on the left of the road up to Rath Church, Loch Ratha, and Rath Castle. Rath means 'an enclosure'

 

Rath Church, Loch Rath (Lake Ratha) and Rath Castle ruins stand on the edge of the lake shore. - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Rath Blathmach Church, Loch Rath (Lake Ratha) and Rath Castle ruins stand on the edge of the lake shore. Rath Castle is a ruined 15th century tower house badly damaged by Cromwell's army in 1650.

 

Rath Church consists of a ruined roofless nave and chancel - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Rath medieval church consists of a ruined roofless nave and chancel. This early monastic site is associated with St Blathmac, a 6th century saint and in the 12th century was an important centre of learning. It was rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries.

 

Most of what you see today of Rath church dates from the 15th century but some of the larger stones used in the nave may well be from the 9th-10th century church - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Most of what you see today of Rath church dates from the 15th century but some of the larger stones used in the nave may well be from the 9th-10th century church.

Most of what you see today of Rath church dates from the 15th century but some of the larger stones used in the nave may well be from the 9th-10th century church - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

 

There is some 12th century Romanesque carved stonework on the inner south wall of Rath Church, including a 'Sheela-na-gig' surrounded by 'biting animals', an exhibitionist female figure whose function was to avert evil.

There is some 12th century carved stonework on the inner walls of Rath Church, including a 'Sheela-na-gig' surrounded by 'biting animals', an exhibitionist female figure whose function was to avert evil - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Rath Church - On the left a 'Síle na nCíg' or sculptured female form representing the 'Sin of Lust'. On the right is a carved bishop's head, similar to that in St Fachtnan's Cathedral, Kilfenora.

 

Apparently the 'Síle na nCíg' of Rath Church was set in the wall upside down, so, compare at your leisure! - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

Apparently the 'Síle na nCíg' was set in the wall upside down, so, compare at your leisure!

Apparently the 'Sheela-na-gig' of Rath Church was set in the wall upside down, so, compare at your leisure! - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

The correct way up!

 

carved head of a bishop, Rath Church - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland washing bowl, Rath Church - Dysert O'Dea near Corofin, County Clare, West of Ireland

To the right of the carved head of a bishop is a hand washing bowl.

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