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Kilcrea Friary

Kilcrea Abbey

It’s interesting how a road you travel for many years can lead you to the most majestic of places when you do a little research or indeed are told of such places. One such place is Kilcrea Friary.

The Cork-Kerry road is one we travel frequently, yet it was not until a recent corporate project from a prominent Cork legal firm that Kilcrea Abbey came onto Keith’s radar. 

Kilcrea Abbey

Kilcrea Abbey

The image needed for the commission was required to create awareness of the locality. Kilcree Friary is much more than that as Keith found on his visits to carry out the commission. Corporate or indeed any commision is usually where you are working to a special brief but the wonderful advantage of having our 

Fine Art Gallery and indeed our Stock Library is that we can provide graphic designers, interior designer or marketing managers with a selection of images at

very quick notice. 

Kilcrea Abbey
Kilcrea Abbey

“ Kilcrea friary was founded on land that Cormac Láidir had recovered from the Anglo-Norman Barret family c.1420.
Before the arrival of King Henry II and his followers in 1170, this land, together with the rest of Cormac’s lordship of Muskerry, had formed part of his ancestors’ original lordship, the medieval kingdom of Desmond. The Annals of the Four Masters recorded that Cormac was killed in 1494 by his own brother, Eoghan, and by Eoghan’s sons.  He was buried in Kilcrea friary wearing a Franciscan habit; his burial was located either in the middle of the choir or to the north side of it.”

Kilcrea Abbey
Kilcrea Abbey

Kilcrea Friary is one of the few Franciscan Friaries to have survived in its entirety and is the burial place of Art O’Laoghaire (Art O’Leary) who had served with the Hungarian Hussars but was killed in 1773 in a feud with Abraham Morris the High Sherriff of County Cork.

Kilcrea Abbey
Kilcrea Abbey

A further link to Kerry, Art O’Leary’s wife Eibhlin Ni Chonaill was an aunt of the great Irish Liberator Daniel O’Connell.

Situated just 3km’s off the main Cork/Kerry road if you have an hour to spare Kilcrea is a must visit, just to absorb the history of the local area.

Back soon with some more interesting places to visit!

Ev & Keith.