Quin, County Clare
|Local electoral area||Ennis East|
|Dáil Éireann Constituency||Clare|
|EU Parliament||North West|
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|Time zone||WET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||IST (WEST) (UTC-1)|
|Irish Grid Reference||R417742|
Quin (Irish: Cuinche, meaning "five ways") is a village in southeast County Clare in Ireland. The village's main attraction, Quin Abbey, is open to the public, and although mostly ruined, much of the structure remains. The abbey was built on the foundations of an earlier Norman castle, and the foundations of its corner towers can still be seen. The name of the village is a reference in ancient Irish to the original five roads out of the village.
There is also a non-active civil parish of the same name.
The River Rine runs through Quin.
The countryside around the village of Quin has many archaeological remains, most notably the Franciscan friary. The first building that is known of on this site was a church, and then on the site de Clare built a castle in 1280 A.D. This was attacked and destroyed, the present church was built on the site (c.1350 A.D.), incorporating some parts of the castle ruins.
Quin is first mentioned as a village in the days of the Norman Castle which preceded the Abbey.
Quin Abbey was founded in 1433 and housed many Franciscan monks until 1820 when the last monk, Father Hogan, died. His Burial Site can be visited in the Abbey.
News of the Great Rebellion of 1641 was first announced in Co. Clare "at the great fair of Quin", which must have been a big event in the county of those days. Samuel Lewis, writing in 1837, gives the following description of Quin. "A parish in the barony of Bunratty, Co. of Clare, 5½ miles (S.E.) from Ennis, on the old road to Limerick; containing 2918 inhabitants, of which number 173 are in the village. It was anciently called Quint or Quinchy, where, about 1250, an abbey was founded, which was consumed by fire in 1278".
Knappogue Castle is two miles from Quin.
Some of the most important Prehistoric Gold works in Ireland were found in Quin.
According to a 2002 Census, Quin had a population of 853. By 2006, the population had grown to around 1,048. In the 2011 census the population had increased to 1,454.
- Ger Colleran, former editor of the Irish Daily Star, grew up in Quin
- Paddy Hannan born in 1840, started the then world's biggest gold rush in 1893 in Kalgoorlie
- Amby Power, born in 1887 in Quin, was a hurler
- Arthur Quinlan was reared in Quin
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