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Claregalway Friary

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The Claregalway Friary (Mainistir Bhaile Chláir) is a ruined medieval Franciscan abbey in Claregalway, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey site features an east-facing, cruciform church (minus a south transept) with a 24-metre (80 ft) bell tower. The ruins of the living quarters and cloister are situated to the south of the church building. History Claregalway friary was founded circa. 1240, and was definitely in extant prior before 1250. Though some sources attribute the founding of the friary to John de Cogan II, it was in fact founded by his father, John de Cogan I. In 1326, John Magnus de Cogan (John de Cogan III) is recorded as calling himself the founder of the friary. This is understood as either he was the monastery's patron or he substantially enlarged the monastery. The Franciscan community at the abbey lived under the patronage of the de Cogan clan until 1327, after Magnus de Cogan gave them the building and surrounding lands. In return for this favour, the m
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