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Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

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Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

See all opening times

Site Closed


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

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Abbey Street
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

From 17 March – September  2023 

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission: 17:15


October to 5 November 2023

Daily 10.00am – 17:00

Last admission:  16:15







Abbey Street
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

065 6829100

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Ennis town

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  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Limited Access
  • Uneven walkways


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