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- During our stay at the K Club my wife and I went for a lovely stroll along the river Liffey, it can get a tad muddy so you're going to need good hiking boots. As you wander along the path you can see the golf course in places and you can actually walk into the village for a drink or snack. It's a very peaceful way to spend a couple of hours.Written 14 February 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I have been curious about Bodenstown, especially the Republican commemorations that are held there on an annual basis in June. The graveyard is, of course, the final resting place of Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion and regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. There are various plaques and acknowledgements around the raised area surrounding the gravesite, and a replica of the dock from which Wolfe Tone gave his final address, but all was quiet when we visited. It is an old cemetery with a number of ancient headstones and grave markers, but well tended. The walls of the old church still stand and, within them, an area enclosed by railings and concrete roof safeguarding the plaques and headstone erected there. So much history to be found in the graveyards scattered throughout Ireland.Written 23 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Abbey is built on the site of the 6th century Monastery of St. Ailbhe but in more recent times it served as the Church of Ireland church in Clane.
It hosted the famous Synod of Clane in 1162 and was the Church of Ireland’s home until a new church was built in Millicent in 1883.
The building fell into disrepair and the roof caved in. Some of the walls partially collapsed. In the 1970s, however, the tower was made safe, and in the 1980s under the stewardship of Clane Community Council the building was restored. These days it serves as a heritage centre, The garden is open to all and is well worth a visit.
It is a lovely place as it has a gorgeous little landscaped remembrance garden outside the church where many interesting plaques mark the presence in the graveyard or the nearby friary of the surprising number of remarkable people associated with Clane and its surroundings including the famous boxer Jack Dempsey who is buried in America but came from this area and Mick Sammon who was the referee in Croke Park on the famous Bloody Sunday in 1920 when the British opened fire on the crowed.
Countless times in the past I have driven past without stopping, I am so glad I did this time though as it is a wonderful, peaceful spot.Written 7 May 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- As my title suggests, this is a wonderful old friary ruin, beautiful and venerable but there is just to much development around it with a main road beside it and a bust hotel and shopping centre within a few metres of its walls.
I've passed it hundreds of times on that very same busy road and always meant to step out and have a look. I'm really glad I did so and I simply could not believe that it wasn't listed on TA.
A display board at the en trance tells you that t he Friary was founded by Gerald Fitzmaurice Fitzgerald in 1258 and was one of Ireland’s earliest Franciscan monasteries. It was suppressed by Henry VIII in 1536 during his purge of the monasteries in Ireland.
Over the centuries the friary fell into disrepair but after the Black Death, severe storms and famine the local people restored the friary to its former lustre in 1433-1450. By 1540 though after the Geraldine rebellion much of the friary lay in ruins again and much of its fine stone was taken to be used in the repair of Maynooth Castle. It has once again fallen into disrepair and disuse but Franciscans still return each year to celebrate Mass and the adjoining graveyard is still very much in use today.
It is free to enter and much of the walls survive. The roof is long gone and the interior decor has been lost too.As I mentioned, it would be worth far more than 3 stars were it not for the modern development all around it. Enter through the gate or through the stone stile on main street. Still well worth a visit.Written 7 May 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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