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Ennis Friary, Ennis

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This 13th century Franciscan friary, founded by the O'Briens, of Thomond who once ruled much of north Munster, has numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone:

A carved image of St. Francis displaying the stigmata is evident in the nave. He carries a cross staff and wears the Franciscan habit. Under the south arch of the tower, an elaborate tracery canopy of the late 15th century was perhaps part of an ornate tomb. The corbels supporting this are carved on one side with a bishop and, on the other, the Virgin & Child. An arch between the nave and transept bears, in a niche, an image of "Ecce Home" or "Christ's Pity". His hands are bound and tokens of the crucifixion are arranged about. The magnificent east window, with its five tall, narrow lancets, lights the chancel.

The visitor to Ennis Friary can also see the sacristy, an impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. After the suppression of the monasteries the Friary became a venue for assize courts and the sacristy was used as a courtroom.

Leading out from the sacristy is the cloister area where part of the arcade has been reconstructed.
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  • A stunning spot with a fascinating history, well worth a visit. Our guide Aoife was beyond knowledgeable. Can't recommend enough! 
    A stunning spot with a fascinating history, well worth a visit. Our guide Aoife was beyond knowledgeable. Can't recommend enough!  more »
  • Great example of a Franciscan Friary with roots that go back to the early 13th century that has some impressive stone carvings and really friendly and helpful staff. The visitor display area is a... 
    Great example of a Franciscan Friary with roots that go back to the early 13th century that has some impressive stone carvings and really friendly and helpful staff. The visitor display area is a...  more »
  • We arrived on an overcast morning but the warm welcome of the staff was sunny. The site echoes its ancient history very well and the signage is well done and informative. The ongoing conservation... 
    We arrived on an overcast morning but the warm welcome of the staff was sunny. The site echoes its ancient history very well and the signage is well done and informative. The ongoing conservation...  more »
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  • A lovely friary church to attend Mass. Has Mass daily at 1 o clock. And it has a place where you can go to get Masses said for deceased family and friends . And also for every occasion be it birthdays, christenings, Easter, Christmas etc. Now they have extended their sale of statues, medals, candles, prayer books etc. Staff in that department are so helpful. Definitely well worth a visit, even if it's for a quiet prayer.
  • Beautiful old Abbey in the middle of Ennis. Lots of history in the building and lots of monuments on the walls. There are two beautiful tombs in the building also.
  • Nice staff and great service I went again today with some others They did a poetry event
  • Lovely peaceful,well designed and athospheric church in which to pray, rest and reflect.Offers a full daily mass schedule,confessions(also daily)and Eucharistic Adoration.Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Ennis.
  • It was a nice place with very friendly staff!

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