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Rosserk Franciscan Friary

One of the finest preserved medieval monasteries in Ireland

Access available during daylight hours

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Rosserk Franciscan Friary

One of the finest preserved medieval monasteries in Ireland

Access available during daylight hours

See all opening times

Admission

Free Admission

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Rosserk
Co. Mayo

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Rosserk Franciscan Friary

On the picturesque shores of the secluded Killala Bay, on the banks of the River Moy, lies one of the best preserved Franciscan monasteries in the country. The tranquillity of the friary can still be felt today.

Rosserk Friary was founded around the 1440s for the friars of the Third Order of St. Francis.

The friary was burned in 1590 by Sir Richard Bingham, Governor of Connaught, during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Designed in the late Irish Gothic style, the ruins still contain original features of the period, including the decorative double piscina (a recess containing a stone basin for washing the sacred vessels used during Mass), and a carving of a round tower on one of the pillars; likely fashioned on the tower that still survives at Killala today.

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This national monument is protected in accordance with the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014

Opening Times

Access available during daylight hours

Notice

Rosserk Friary is a state-owned free site in the care of the Office of Public Works

Contact

Rosserk
Co. Mayo

Getting Here

Approximately 6km from both Ballina and Killala

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Facilities

  • Car park

Restrictions

  • No toilet facilities

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