Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings
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.
Ó 17 Márta – Meán Fómhair 2023
Gach lá 10:00 – 18:00
Cead isteach deiridh: 17:15
Deireadh Fómhair go 5 Samhain 2023
Gach lá : 10.00rn go 17:00Cead isteach deiridh : 16:15
Located in the centre of Ennis town
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- Guided tours
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Limited Access
- Uneven walkways
Nearby sites to visit
A ruined stronghold of the earls of Desmond
Approx. 27.3 km from Ennis Friary
Desmond Castle Adare
Discover a medieval masterpiece, built for defence
Approx. 33.8 km from Ennis Friary
Desmond Castle Newcastlewest
Where sounds of medieval revelry echo around the walls
Approx. 44.3 km from Ennis Friary
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