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Ross Errily Friary, County Galway

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The Ross Errilly Friary is a medieval Franciscan friary located about a mile to the northwest of Headford, County Galway, Ireland. It is a National Monument of Ireland and among the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in the country. Though usually referred to by locals as "Ross Abbey," this is not technically correct as the community never had an abbot.The church and bell tower are to the south of a small but well preserved central cloister and domestic buildings are to the north. Amongst these are a kitchen (equipped with an oven and a water tank for live fish), a bake house, and a refectory or dining area. The dormitories are on the upper levels. One unusual feature is a second courtyard or cloister, built to accommodate the friary's growing population.Like many other abandoned Christian sites in Ireland, Ross Errilly has continued to be used as a burial ground by area residents. In addition to tombs that date from the friary's active period, many graves dating from the 18th through 20th centuries can be found inside the church walls. In some cases, tombstones comprise the floors of walkways and crawlspaces.
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  • My wife and I visited this abbey on one of the later days of our two-week trip, and found it to be one of the best abbey ruins of our entire trip. It is open and free to visit, but not much informatio...  read more »
  • Weather not so god but ruins are great. In fairly good shape for being abandoned so long. A great place to visit and let you mind wander into the past. No pressure from guides. Wonderful way to spend ...  read more »
  • This is one of the best friary ruins that we saw while in Ireland. It's not at all restored, but you can wander around and look at the old headstones. I really liked it and would recommend it to every...  read more »
  • Really scary at the late evening... ravens graves. Simply cool
  • Gorgeous old friary, partly in ruins. It was completely empty of visitors when we went, so that made it more special. A bit out of the way, but worth the stop on a tour from Galway.
  • Uber cool abandoned friary near Galway. Visited early morning and we were the only people there. It can be a bit creepy too... given.the huge amounts of crows that live there
  • Old ruins quite nice and very quiet place
  • Very cool old building, we had the whole place to is a functioning gravesite so watch your step
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