Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary is also known as Ennis Abbey. 
When you walk sroubd what is left of the Friary, it is hard to get a sense of its original scale. Records show that in 1375 it was the home and workplace of 350 friers and 600 students. Founded in 1241, this Franciscan Abbey was a famous seat of learning in medieval times, making Ennis a focal point of Western Europe for many years. It was finally forced to close in 1692, and thereafter fell into ruin. However, it has been partly restored and contains many beautifully sculpted medieval tombs, decorative fragments and carvings.


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