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Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

10:00 - 18:00

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Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

10:00 - 18:00

See all opening times

Limited Access

Open daily 10:00- 18:00 . Last admission 17:15.
Maximum of 15 visitors permitted on site at any one time.
Self Guided visits only but guides are on site to answer queries.
Face Coverings must be worn in indoor spaces.
No toilet facilities .

Admission

Free

Getting here

Abbey Street
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

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Ennis Friary

The O’Briens of Thomond, who once ruled much of north Munster, founded this medieval Franciscan friary. It grew quickly into a huge foundation, with 350 friars and a famed school of 600 pupils by 1375. It was the very last school of Catholic theology to survive the Reformation.

The building contains an exceptional wealth of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone, including one of St Francis himself displaying the stigmata. An arch between the nave and transept bears a remarkable image of Christ with his hands bound.

Don’t forget to visit the sacristy, an impressive structure with a ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. Take especial note of the beautiful east window, with its five lancets, as it lights up the chancel.

Opening Times

Daily 10:00-18:00

Last admission 17:15.

Notice

Access to the site is available for group bookings in the off-season by prior arrangement.

Please  be advised that our telephone is currently out of order but you can contact the site by emailing ennisfriary@opw.ie

Contact

Abbey Street
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Ennis town

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Facilities

  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Restrictions

  • Limited Access
  • Uneven walkways

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Ennis Friary. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Ennis Friary.

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