Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary Visitor Centre, Lower Abbey Street, Ennis, Co Clare
Phone: 065 682 9100
Email: ennisfriary@opw.ie
Web: www.heritageireland.ie

  • The Friary is open to the public from April to October.
  • Free Admission
  • There is a small admission charge
  • Guided tours are available
  • Notice board with information on site

Walk in the footsteps of the Franciscans and experience a visit to a medieval building going back to the 13th century. Find out how Ennis got its name and hear the story of why and how the Royal O'Briens, Kings of Thomond chose this site for the friars.

As you tour the friary you will see the layout and the function of each area, e.g., the chancel where the high altar once stood underneath the tall east window. As you stand under the tall tower you will see the holes for the bell ropes and if you are observant you will notice masons marks or builders marks carved on the stones in many areas of the friary.

The friary has some superb medieval carvings, including St. Francis, the panels telling of Christ's Passion and the Man of Sorrows showing the instruments of the passion. In the stone roofed sacristy the technique used to build this type of roof will be explained.

Finally, walk around the cloister arcade and hear how the dormitories and refectory were used and discover why they needed a prison.

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