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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

9 of Ireland's most dramatic ruined churches, in photos

Is there anywhere more Halloween-appropriate than a ruined church? Perhaps not.

Dale Smith Dale Smith

THERE ARE FEW places more dramatic to visit – day or night – than the grounds of an abandoned church. An adjoining graveyard, scattered with sunken headstones, is an added bonus. 

Ireland boasts an impressive collection of religious sites in ruin.

1. Bonamargy Friary, Co Antrim

2. Dunlewy, Co Donegal

3.  St Declan’s Well and round tower in Ardmore, Co Waterford

4. Roscommon Abbey, Co Roscommon

5. Hore Abbey in Cashel, Co Tipperary 

6. Kilnaboy, Co Clare 

7. Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly

8. Muckross Abbey in Killarney, Co Kerry 

9. Athassel Abbey, Co Tipperary

More: Step by step: 12 of Ireland’s most striking staircases, in photos>

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