The 12th century Saint Bridget`s Abbey is a cell of the Cistercian Abbey in Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway. Clare Island’s Abbey is said to date from the 12th Century, though it was rebuilt around 1460. It is elaborately furnished with a piscina, sedilia, carved figure heads inserted into the south wall over the sedilia, ogee and cusped headed lancet windows and a tomb canopy. It houses an O’Malley crest and is said to be the burial site of Grace O’ Malley (Granuaile). It contains a remarkable series of medieval wall and ceiling paintings. The paintings which once covered the entire ceiling in a kaleidoscope of colour, depict mythical, human & animal figures including dragons, a cockerel, stags, men on foot and on horseback, a harper, birds & trees. Only four other such paintwork examples still exist in Ireland & Clare Island’s is the most intriguing and best preserved.