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The Charter of Clare Abbey and the Augustinian ‘Province’ in Co. Clare
By Michael Mac Mahon

   12th Century Reforms; The Clare Abbey Charter

   An Inventory

   The Residential Houses; Kilshanny; Augustinian Impropriations; Care of Souls

   Augustinian Tradition; Westropp’s Survey; Holy Water Fonts; Expansion and Regression


The Canons Regular of St. Augustine, or Canons Regular O.S.A. as they were sometimes known, played an important part in the early diocesan Church in Co. Clare. In the period between the Synod of Kells in the mid-twelfth century and the suppression of the religious houses in the mid-sixteenth five houses of that order, including a convent for canonesses, were established in the county. The Canons combined the regular life with pastoral work on a large scale, and in the course of time many parishes were entrusted to their care.
This article originally appeared in The Other Clare, vol. 17, 1993, pp 21-28. Clare County Library is grateful to Michael Mac Mahon for this article.

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12th Century Reforms;
The Clare Abbey Charter