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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  • Went to the Ennis Friary with friends & a young child. It is interesting & I love anything to do with History- It was a great place.  more »
  • The Friary has been there for over a thousand years. Full of history and the staff loves to tell you it's history. It is very well preserved and there is a lot to learn. Take the time to visit the new...  more »
  • Entry of payment, although it is free with the Heritage Card. The visit is made fast, since really the ruinous State does not make it notable. It would not be a visit that worth a stop along the way, that is, that rather it is dispensable.
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  • Absolutely fantastic experience. Staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
  • One of the very first thing to visit in Ennis as a tourist. Richly preserved history and ancient items.
  • Lovely place and worth a visit. This place is free the first Wednesday of the month if you can plan around that.
  • Nice to visit.
  • The oldest building in Ennis. Last admissions 5.15.

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