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Ennis Friary, Ennis

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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.
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  • Centre of town location, worth a look, nice photo opportunities, interesting. Can be seen in 30 minutes or less. Don't miss the chance for a look. Nice history and culture. Lovely to look at 
    Centre of town location, worth a look, nice photo opportunities, interesting. Can be seen in 30 minutes or less. Don't miss the chance for a look. Nice history and culture. Lovely to look at  more »
  • A stunning spot with a fascinating history, well worth a visit. Our guide Aoife was beyond knowledgeable. Can't recommend enough! 
    A stunning spot with a fascinating history, well worth a visit. Our guide Aoife was beyond knowledgeable. Can't recommend enough!  more »
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  • Beautiful, beautiful ruins, and the staff is beyond friendly. Definitely worth walking in the rain to go see it. And it's free!!
  • A grand site! Tour Guide John is the best! So knowledgeable and presents the Friary is a great way.

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