Cromwell woz ‘ere

This is a small segment of a Romanesque doorway at Dysert church (or abbey) in Co. Clare.

The doorway dates to the 12th Century but the site itself was founded in about 735 by St. Tola.

Apart from the beautiful ruins, what is noticeable about the site is the ruined round tower. Only a 5m high stump remains.

The tower was destroyed in an act of vandalism by Cromwellian forces in the 17th Century.

In Ireland, Cromwell is a classic example of one man’s liberator being another man’s tyrant.

History has many perspectives.

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