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Mungret Monastery by Aidanryan
Mungret Monastery by Aidanryan

Mungret Monastery is a medieval friary and National Monument that now sits in ruins. Mungret has been an ecclesiastical site since at least 551, when a monastery was founded by Saint Nessan. There are the three remaining structures at Mungret, the largest church is said to be of a pre-Norman date around 1100. It was rebuilt twice during the 13th century, it is divided into three parts, the chancel to the east dating from the 13th century, the nave in the centre of an unknown date and the western part of the ruin which dates from the 15th century. The square tower was added in the 15th century for the priests’ living quarters. The abbey church stayed in use as the Church of Ireland church until 1822. The smaller rectangular church with three small windows is known as Old Mungret Church and dates from around 1100AD. The final structure at Mungret is known as St Nessan’s Church or the Monastery Church, located to the north of the abbey and built in the 12th century. (Limerick, Ireland)