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Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

10.00 – 18.00

See all opening times

Ennis Friary

Admire some exquisite Renaissance carvings

10.00 – 18.00

See all opening times

Site Closed

Admission

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

Getting here

Abbey Street
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

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Trip Advisor

4.5

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

2 April – 4 November Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Notice

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

Contact

Abbey Street
Ennis
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

065 682 9100

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Ennis town

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Facilities

  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Restrictions

  • Limited Access
  • Uneven walkways

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