When Kathy Zorian of Orlando and her husband were in Ireland, one of their visits was to the ruins of Quin Abbey, about 5 miles outside Ennis, built in the tradition of Irish Franciscan monasteries in the 15th century on the ruins of a Norman castle fortress that stood there in the 13th century. The fortress had been erected on the site of the original abbey, which burned down. The abbey's location on the main route from Limerick to Galway made it a target during many political conflicts through the years. It has been empty since 1820, but its silence and beauty continue to linger long in visitors' memories.
COURTESY OF KATHY ZORIAN