This 13th century Franciscan friary, founded by the O'Briens, of Thomond who once ruled much of north Munster, has numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone:
A carved image of St. Francis displaying the stigmata is evident in the nave. He carries a cross staff and wears the Franciscan habit. Under the south arch of the tower, an elaborate tracery canopy of the late 15th century was perhaps part of an ornate tomb. The corbels supporting this are carved on one side with a bishop and, on the other, the Virgin & Child. An arch between the nave and transept bears, in a niche, an image of "Ecce Home" or "Christ's Pity". His hands are bound and tokens of the crucifixion are arranged about. The magnificent east window, with its five tall, narrow lancets, lights the chancel.
The visitor to Ennis Friary can also see the sacristy, an impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. After the suppression of the monasteries the Friary became a venue for assize courts and the sacristy was used as a courtroom.
Leading out from the sacristy is the cloister area where part of the arcade has been reconstructed. For Ennis Friary and beyond, use our Ennis itinerary planner to get the most from your Ennis vacation.
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Ennis Friary Reviews
We throughly enjoyed admiring the beautiful architectural ruins and reading the informative displays at the Ennis Friary. While there, it was easy to feel that the rest of the world melted away, as..... more »
Really a wonderful place to visit and worth the small cost. The staff were very helpful and walking about the Friary was very interesting. Recommend for families and kids. Very well perserved with... more »
A lovely friary church to attend Mass. Has Mass daily at 1 o clock. And it has a place where you can go to get Masses said for deceased family and friends . And also for every occasion be it birthdays, christenings, Easter, Christmas etc. Now they have extended their sale of statues, medals, candles, prayer books etc. Staff in that department are so helpful. Definitely well worth a visit, even if it's for a quiet prayer.
Beautiful old Abbey in the middle of Ennis. Lots of history in the building and lots of monuments on the walls. There are two beautiful tombs in the building also.
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