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Adare in County Limerick, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

Trinitarian Monastery / Mainistir Ord na Tríonóide

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2019
1. Trinitarian Monastery / Mainistir Ord na Tríonóide Marker
Inscription.  

Founded in 1230, this is the only monastery of the Trinitarian order known in Ireland. It is now Holy Trinity Abbey, Adare's Roman Catholic church.

The Trinitarian order - or the Order of the Redemption of Captives - was founded in France at the end of the 12th century. Their purpose was to rescue hostages taken during the Crusades in the Holy Land. The monasteries in Northern Europe were set up to recruit monks and collect ransom money, though some were hospitals for rescued captives. The Trinitarians may have come to Adare from Scotland.

After the Crusades the monks gradually assumed a way of life little different from other orders.

[Illustration captions, counterclockwise from left center, read]
The Monastery about 1450 - The early monastery had the usual range of monastic buildings - an inner cloister (a covered passage for walking and meditating), enclosed on four sides by a church, a dining area, dormitories and workshops.

• Pigeon was one of the most economical foods available to the monks. The birds nested in this stone dovecot and flew in and out through a circular hold in the

Trinitarian Monastery / <i>Mainistir Ord na Tríonóide</i> and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2019
2. Trinitarian Monastery / Mainistir Ord na Tríonóide and Marker
roof.

• 19th century additions

The Monastery today - In 1852 Lord Dunraven had the church repaired and expanded to fill a space which once contained the mediaeval cloister. The Convent of Mercy, the Lady Chapel and the porch were also added.

• Because of the white habit worn by the monks, the monastery was called the White Abbey.

• A panel from the stained glass window above the altar shows a monk in chains about to redeem a hostage.
 
Location. 52° 33.885′ N, 8° 47.342′ W. Marker is in Adare, Munster, in County Limerick. Marker is on Main Street (National Route N21) just east of Station Road (Local Route L1423), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Adare, Munster V94 YV9K, Ireland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Countess Dunraven Fountain (a few steps from this marker); Washing Pool / Linn Níocháin (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Estate and Houses of Adare / Eastát agus Tithe Áth Dara (about 120 meters away); History of Adare Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Richard, First Earl of Dunraven (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Augustinian Friary / Mainistir na nAgaistíneach (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Adare Trinitarian Abbey.

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(Submitted on November 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Holy Trinity Abbey Church, Adare. (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Adare, County Limerick. (Submitted on November 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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