Founded in 1241, this Franciscan abbey, a famous seat of learning in medieval times, made Ennis a focal point of western Europe for many years.
Records show that in 1375 it buzzed with the activity of no fewer than 350 friars and 600 students. The house was suppressed in 1543, but the community managed to remain on until 1575 and thereafter fell into ruin. The abbey still contains many interesting sculpted tombs, decorative fragments, and carvings, including the famous McMahon tomb. The nave and chancel are the oldest parts of the friary, but other structures, such as the 15th-century tower, transept, and sacristy, are also rich in architectural detail.
Irish Antiquities: Ennis Franciscan Friary
Journey to Ennis
Ennis Friary is located on the N18 in the town of Ennis in County Clare, Ireland.
Ordnance Survey Map (R339776)
Visitors information may be found at the Heritage Ireland website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit Ennis website.
Additional Photos of Ennis
Walled-Off Ennis Friary Cloisters
Creagh Tomb, Ennis Friary
Carving of St. Francis in Ennis Friary Wall