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“One of the hidden gems in Ireland” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Askeaton Friary

Askeaton Friary
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Askeaton
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Owner description: This historic friary was used from the start of the 15th century through 1714.
Nuremberg, Germany
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8 reviews
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“One of the hidden gems in Ireland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

A hidden gem in a marvellous place for everyone who is interested in ancient irish history, ruins or just lovely places with an impressive atmosphere. This friary is a real "must have" on your sightseeing tour around all the fine places in Ireland!!!

Only a few minutes to go from the village centre you can visit Askeaton Abbey - a brilliant ancient friary in ruins. Just turn right at the tourist information and follow the road until the end - the friary is on the left side - and take a tour on your own. Notice: the gate in front of the friary is open daily - just pass through. Now I know how to handle it, Anthony ;o) Thanks a lot ...

Askeaton Abbey is full of history, historical facts and great discoveries. For a fantastic experience just call Anthony Sheehy (call him on the mobile phone +353860850174 or ask for him in the tourist information). He is a great man with a brilliant sense of humor working as a voluntary tour guide in Askeaton - ask him for a guided tour - you will enjoy it!

Thanks a million, Anthony, for two fantastic afternoons in Askeaton ;o) ... We took a tour and got
a great time free!!! We are coming back for sure - be blessed and stay the man you are !!! Take care & see you, the two german plastic paddy´s Thorsten & Kathrin

Visited September 2012
7 Thank Thorsten M
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English first
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5 reviews
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“Enchanting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is a nice friary and the cloister is a gem. It's almost complete and what is amazing is the carving of the figure of St. Francis of Assisi on one of the pillars.
The silence was the only sound we heard during the visit.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Irish_Stones
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“Worth the Side-Trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

During our travels from Adare to Dingle, we jogged north to Askeaton. There is a castle ruin there, which is only open on weekends. But we happened into the tour office and ran into the unofficial mayor and official tour guide of Askeaton, who showed us around the equally beautiful Franciscan Friary. Anthony was a terrific though verbose guide, and kept three generations enteratined with history and tales. The site itself has a haunting beauty. Park at the grocery store at the entrance to town and walk into the village tourist office. Hope you'll be as fortunate as we were.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Kitty1409
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limerick ireland
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“fantastic building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Friary is open to the public and its free to look around and take photos, it is really a fantastic building, the cloisters are just something to been seen. I cannot say enough of good things about this building and the town of Askeaton

Visited May 2012
1 Thank floLimerickIreland
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Peterborough, Canada
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

Not a lot of tour companies will include a stop in Askeaton. As a town, it's a little out of the way, rather small and does not host a large collection of attractions. This is why I purposely sought it out. No crowds, no noise, just you and history. About half of the Friary is in excellent condition, which gives you an idea of how it's inhabitants would have lived day to day. The other half is fully accessible and offers some excellent photo opportunities of it's ruin. All in all I enjoyed this locale more than a couple of the more highly advertised attractions in County Limerick for this very reason. It was clean, but not dressed up. It's large, but not crowded.
There is a historic plaque at the entrance to the Friary which details it's history.
If you're in the area, or, looking for an addition to your day trip, make a stop in Askeaton. You can always walk a short distance down the road and see the Castle and the Church as well.

Cheers from Canada.

Visited April 2011
7 Thank Chris H
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