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Clontuskert Abbey   ~   Ballinasloe
 
 
Just of the Ballinasloe Portumna road, about 10 minutes from Ballinasloe, you will find the remains of Clontuskert Abbey, founded by the Augustinian.
The Augustinian Canons Regular established 130 religious houses in Ireland in the period of church reform early in the twelfth century. Of these remains of thirty survive, including those at Kells, Cashel and Clontuskert.
Clontuskert Abbey Ballinasloe County Galway Ireland
  
The Medieval Monasteries of the Augustinian Canons Regular The Augustinian Canons Regular as an order has suffered considerable neglect by scholars in comparison with the attention that has been given to the Cistercians and Franciscans. This can be attributed to the fact that the order died out in the later medieval period and that it lacked the cohesiveness of the other orders who maintained a close relationship with their mother houses on the Continent. The Canons lack of commitment to their central administrative authority left their Irish houses out of the mainstream of the order's affairs and, as a result, there is an absence of source material and records relating to Ireland in the Continental abbeys and priories of the order.
 
Clontuskert Abbey near Ballinasloe County Galway Ireland
 
The role of the Augustinian Canons within the secular community is the main reason for their being the largest single order in Ireland. The Rule of St Augustine laid down the general principles of monastic life rather than a set of precise detailed regulations as, for instance, those followed by the Cistercians. The Canons Regular were less rigorous in their observances than the Cistercians, and through this more flexible approach to the religious life they participated in a great variety of pastoral activities in parishes, hospitals and schools. Some congregations within the order, such as those of Arrouaise and of St Victor of Paris followed the stricter rule which was laid down by St Bernard and their monastic way of life was scarcely distinguishable from that of the Cistercians. The Augustinians' flexible approach to monastic and pastoral duties was very acceptable to the ecclesiastical leaders in twelfth-century Ireland. The Rule of Augustine was appropriate to the new monastic reforms and the pastoral activities were a significant instrument for the restoration of religious discipline which had seriously declined in Irish monasteries.

 

 
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