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In August 2005 an excavation was undertaken by Graham Hull, TVAS (Ireland) Ltd, at Clare Abbey on behalf of Clare County Council and the National Roads Authority as part of works associated with the N18 Ennis Bypass and the N85 Western Relief Road.1 Clare County Council requested the construction of a small vehicle turning-space/carpark next to Clare Abbey, linked to the new N85 by a narrow roadway. This Augustinian abbey, believed to have been constructed in the 12th century, is located in the townland of Clareabbey, 2 km south of Ennis and adjacent to the River Fergus (Illus. 1). The buildings present today consist of a church, domicile and cloister garth, probably remnants of 15th- century repairs. The abbey is a National Monument (no. 197) in state ownership. The excavation was located in a triangular plot of land with a linear extension to the south (Illus. 2). It was bounded on the east by the cloister buildings of the abbey—including the kitchen and cloister wall—and on the west by the Ennis to Limerick railway. The total excavation area was 900 m2 and the site was used as a roughly surfaced carpark (Illus. 3) prior to the excavations.