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“Try and locate Anthony Sheehy for an excellent tour!” 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.
Cork
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15 reviews
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“Try and locate Anthony Sheehy for an excellent tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Dropped into this Abbey as we were passing by and were amazed at its excellent state of preservation and care. The upstanding cloister alone is a rare sight to behold and well worth seeing in itself! As we were about to leave, we were met at the door by local tour guide Anthony Sheehy, who was coming to close the gates for the night, but stopped for a chat, following by an impromptu tour of the building and all of its surprising intricacies. We thought we would return the favour by recommending Anthony as an excellent tour guide for any groups intending on visiting the site. We missed a lot of the little details on our whistle-stop exploration, but Anthony filled us in on the many amazing stories associated with this place and showed us all the notable carvings and inscriptions we had missed. Well worth a visit!

Visited October 2013
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Nuremberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“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
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Orbassano
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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
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Arlington
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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
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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
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