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Ennis Friary, Ennis

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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 beautiful, well maintained, tlw. restored ruins of the Abbey. Some objects made of stone as a showcase
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  • Neat place to see with a lot of information and history. It is self guided with placards to read. An hour would be a decent time to spend there. Some of it is outside walking around the grounds.  more »
  • The Ennis Friary has an interesting history. what surprised me was the fact that in the last 150 years it lost most of its roof until a 'fairly' recent reconstruction of part of the roof.  more »
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  • Lovely place and worth a visit. This place is free the first Wednesday of the month if you can plan around that.
  • The oldest building in Ennis. Last admissions 5.15.
  • Beautifully preserved, the money OPW put into this was well spent. It is not the most important landmark in Ireland or the biggest, but it makes for a very nice stop in a cute little town.
  • Great preservation job done. Interesting history
  • Interesting.

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