Ennis Friary

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Ennis Friary
4.5
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Vanda M
10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Great example of a Franciscan Friary with roots that go back to the early 13th century that has some impressive stone carvings and really friendly and helpful staff. The visitor display area is a sensitive preservation of the original building. Free entry.
Written August 10, 2021
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TomSean
County Cork, Ireland22 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
We arrived on an overcast morning but the warm welcome of the staff was sunny.
The site echoes its ancient history very well and the signage is well done and informative.
The ongoing conservation work is tastefully done.
The view of the site from the surrounding cemetery is worth seeing.
It’s easy to see it all in about 40 mins.
Well worth the stroll from the town centre.
Written July 16, 2021
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Lia M
Province of Munster, Ireland188 contributions
Sep 2021
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
Written February 10, 2022
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Judith38Cork_Ireland
Cork, Ireland131 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
Ennis Friary is definitely worth visiting. Due to recent work, it is now roofed so can be enjoyed whether it is a wet or dry day. On our visit, we were lucky to meet a guide by the name of Brendan Kelly who was very knowledgeable - not surprising, given his archaeological studies. In the past, the main benefactors of the friary were the O'Briens, McMahons and Creaghs. Their tombs are works of art. There is also an interesting image of St Francis with the stigmata. I found the place to be very atmospheric and it is free to visit in 2012 while renovations are underway. Its location is convenient, being in the centre of town.
Written July 8, 2012
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Koffiegirl
Santa Barbara15 contributions
The friary is fantastic!!! Especially if you have Irish roots, it is so deeply satisfying to view the spiritual and working life of these Thirteenth Century friars. The delicate, remarkable carvings are unbelievable. And, unlike many of the Irish sites I visited in late October, it was actually open and charged only a nominal fee.

Getting a guided tour is important. I had a calm, likable fellow who took the time to explain the detailed history. He was fantastically patient, despite my fumbling of foreign coins and asking him to repeat a few things due to my Protestant background, (the place having a lot of culturally Catholic aspects), and American ear. I actually visited twice, the first time with no tour or jacket despite some light rain. I cannot overly emphasize how getting some direction improves the experience.

The Stigmata, carved woman with a Middle Ages headdress, old symbol that is rubbed for good luck, high above carving of St. Francis' face, and the structure of the friary itself........all AMAZING!!! Walking around the church reading headstones was interesting and a bit sad. Some of the old inscriptions were incredibly personable and tender toward the lost loved one.

Overall, lots of dramatic, historical gorgeousness that should not be missed.
Written November 4, 2008
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Angelique M
New Zealand202 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Well you are in for a treat, as the friary has just reopened after several years of EU funded renovation and it looks amazing. It is gated now so you have to visit during their opening hours, it opens at 10am.

There are staff there also and very enthusiastic they are too, and keen to answer questions and fill you in on its history.

Well worth a visit, if for no other reason than to see what funding can achieve. I thought it was very positive and will be a valued addition and attraction for Ennis.
Written June 26, 2012
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DGandSAG
Sharon, MA863 contributions
Sep 2019
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 we took our time looking closely at the exhibits and ruins and reading all of the informative wall panels.

Also, the friendly staff from the National Monuments Service who were on duty during our visit clearly had passions for history and for serving the public. Both staff members deserve a special shout-out, as they were incredibly helpful in explaining the history of the complex and the surrounding parts of Ennis.

If you want to experience a peaceful place that transports you quietly back to another time, you'll enjoy a visit at the Ennis Friary.
Written December 7, 2019
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Justine28
Yellowknife, Canada1,975 contributions
We actually stopped at Ennis Friary by chance really - it was simply on our way to County Clare coast and Burren, we though we'll have a little break and have a quick bite... The Friary was one of few attractions listed for Ennis and we though we give it a go...
It really took us by surprise but the Friary is actually one of the most amazing and gracious landmarks/ ruins we've seen in all of Ireland. It's kept real well and very pictoresque, I think the pics say it all! What's more the entrance fee is less than 2 Euro (think it was 1.60 in the summer) per adult, open from 10 till 6pm daily during summer season; you can obviously spend as much time in here as you wish but if you're on a tight schedule, you can easily have a look around it in 30-45 minutes. Great stop-over when heading to the coast. Definitely a must-see in County Clare!
Written March 23, 2010
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Anne M
Dublin, Ireland83 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
3.30 Thursday January 23rd. Closed with no
Information about opening hours. Told by a local shopkeeper to ask at the hotel for opening hours! This is an OPW site as far as I know?
Written January 27, 2020
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grandkids451
Blanchester, OH41 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
While touring Scotland with friends we went to this Friary in Ennis. Tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Enjoyed seeing this.
Written September 3, 2019
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