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.
For Ennis Friary and beyond, use our Ennis itinerary planner to get the most from your Ennis vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Ennis Friary
map
Ennis Friary Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
273 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • Where can you go from local shopping to a historic site all in one journey. Open all the time to great new & old visitors.  more »
  • Ennis, a delightful medieval town on the river Fergus, with medieval buildings and narrow streets, is a bustling commercial Center South of Galway. His most important monument is this Franciscan Monastery founded in the 13th century by O'Brien. It is interesting for the beautiful stained glass and other sculptures depicting scenes from the passion of Christ, a Virgin and child with a bas-relief depicting St. Francis of Assisi. To see.
    View original
  • Nana lights candles here for exam. I love the auld pray myself. Has spare bathroom around the back if you ask. Father Mikey is a lovely chap. Right beside the nuns and across from a lingerie store if ...  more »
Google
  • Nice city with a few things to see. Is a pity that is everything closed during weekends.
  • Old ruins of one of the major Friary in Ireland. Interesting but short visit.
  • Lovely on a nice day. But be prepared in poor weather.
  • Absolutely fantastic experience. Staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
  • One amazing place with plenty of history
Places to stay near Ennis Friary

Plan your trip to Ennis

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Ennis Friary by other users

14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Lisdoonvarna BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Limerick BY A USER FROM FRANCE July, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in County Clare BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Ennis BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Doolin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Ennis BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, culture, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Limerick BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans