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Corcomroe Abbey in 1996
The parish is named for the Cistercian Corcomroe Abbey, or the Abbey of Burren, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The full name of the parish in Irish is Mainistir Chocro Mhodhruadh which means the Abbey of Corcomroe, an ancient túath covering the northwest of County Clare, and which later comprised the baronies of Corcomroe in the southwest and Burren in the northeast. This monastery was founded either in 1194 by Donald O’Brien, King of Thomond, or in 1200 by his son, Donogh Cairbreac. The abbey later became subject to Furness Abbey in Lancashire.
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- Frost, James (1893). "Abbey Parish; Abbey of Corcomroe; Family of O'Hynes; Road of Corcair-na-cleirach". The History and Topography of the County of Clare. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
- "Map of Abbey Parish showing Townlands". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
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