Open daily 10:00- 18:00 . Last admission 17:15.
From 07 October 2021: Open daily 10:00 - 17:00. last admission 16:15.
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 .
Site will close on 24 November 2021 for 2021 season.
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.
Last admission 17:15.
Site will close on 24 November 2021
Seasonal Opening Times
- 07 October - 24 November
10:00 – 17:00.
Last Admission 16:15
Site closed from 25 November 2021 .
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 email@example.com
- Guided tours
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Limited Access
- Uneven walkways
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