Abbey of Mungret, Co.y Limerick

A:C: delint. 26th May 1781 ; Pinxt 10th July
Main Creator: Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist
Summary:View of the Abbey of Mungret, Co. Limerick, Ireland, showing the long rectangular, but sub-divided, shape of the church, a tall thin tower at one end, and a small porch - all observed by a single figure seen from behind in the foreground
Published / Created: 1781
Notes:From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. I

Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet under image.

Watermark u.l. on sheet is part of a small shield or crest.

Image in a frame 9.7 x 15.6 cm..

Drawn by Austin Cooper perhaps when he was touring the country gathering money from area tax collectors, or a Paymaster to the Civil and Military Establishments. In his diary for May 26th, 1781 (NLI Ms. Acc. Munster 4841, page 14 and quoted in Liam Price's book, page 17-18), Cooper wrote: The Abbey of Mungret withi 3 ma of Limk [Limerick] once a famous place, has now no more than the regular walls of a church, wch. carries very little marks of Antiquity thereon in any particular. The E. end is 47 ft. by 16 ft. with a plain narrow window, in ti a large tomb like a Chest withot. [without] date or inscription. The centre or nave is 33 ft. by 28 1/2 ft., the comunication from wch to the E end, is by a small arch. On the N. side hereof is a small porch or entrance. The W. end is 12 ft. by 22 ft. on the N. side whereof is a small Tower, with ruin battlements. (see View). There are no Old Tombs here'. Cooper also gives a small plan of the church.

Physical description: 1 drawing image 9.1x 14.8 cm., on sheet 18.1 x 26.5 cm..

Citations/References: An eighteenth century antiquary : the sketches, notes and diaries of Austin Cooper (1759-1830) / Liam Price (ed.). - Dublin, 1942 pages 17-18

Citations/References: Mungret Abbey, County Limerick / Denis Murphy. - Journ. Roy. Histor. and Archaeolog. Assoc. of Ireland 4th Ser. Vol. IX, 1890 Pages 171-181

Citations/References: Mungret / Michael Moloney. - North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Vol. IV, 1944-1945 pages 1-15

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