Ennis Friary Highlights (5)
Ennis Friary is a great place to take great photos. The striking architecture provides a perfect subject. Train your lens on the magnificent Gothic east window in the chancel, the various styles of windows in the transept, the cloister arcade or the fifteenth-century carvings in the nave. Then zoom out to shoot the graveyard with its beautiful copper beech tree and fantastic views of the entire site.
The friary takes part in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Drawing Day every May. However, you are always welcome to bring along your art materials and get creative. There is no shortage of eye-catching features to draw or paint.
The friary graveyard contains over 300 inscribed stones. The earliest date from the 1600s, while most are from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These grave markers were carved by local stonemasons and contain many remarkable decorative details. They help to tell the story of the town, and of its people, across the centuries – from the friars and priests of the foundation to tobacconists, public officials and soldiers. The gravestones in the sacristy are best preserved and easiest to make out.
We host events for Heritage Week, Drawing Day, Positive Aging Week, Culture Night and many other festivals and programmes. Ask the guides what we have planned, or look out for notices on the Heritage Week website and social media.
The guides at Ennis Friary are only too happy to answer all of your questions related to the rich history and fascinating features of the site. We’re here to help make your experience as enjoyable and informative as possible, so don’t hesitate to come and chat to us.