Kilcrea Friary

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Cormac Láidir Mac Cárthaigh, Tiarna Mhúscraí, a bhunaigh an mhainistir
seo do Bheachtchoimeádaithe Riail Naomh Phroinsiais i 1465.

Kilcrea Friary was founded for the Franciscan Observants in 1465 by
Cormac Láidir Mac Carthaigh, Lord of Muskerry.

The name Kilcrea means the Church of Cré, a woman who founded a hermitage here before the time
of the Franciscians. The friary is a fine example of an Irish Franciscian monastery and most of it
survives in good condition. The church features a fine, slender tower which was used as a belfry.
Within the building are the burial places of Art Ó Laoire and Cormac Láidir McCarthy.