Address: Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare
Telephone No: +353 65 682 9100
Fax No: +353 65 684 1020
Open 3rd April - 29th October 2014
Easter to End of September - Open Daily 10.00 - 18.00
1st October - 29th October - Open Daily 10.00 - 17.00
Last admission, 45 mins. before closing.
Access to the site is available for group bookings in the off-season by prior arrangement.
Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes
Due to continuing restoration work, admission will be FREE for the 2013 season.
Public car/coach park close to the site
Access for visitors with disabilities
This 13th century Franciscan friary, founded by the O'Briens, of Thomond who once ruled much of north Munster, has numerous 15th/16th century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone:
A carved image of St. Francis displaying the stigmata is evident in the nave. He carries a cross staff and wears the Franciscan habit. Under the south arch of the tower, an elaborate tracery canopy of the late 15th century was perhaps part of an ornate tomb. The corbels supporting this are carved on one side with a bishop and, on the other, the Virgin & Child. An arch between the nave and transept bears, in a niche, an image of "Ecce Home" or "Christ's Pity". His hands are bound and tokens of the crucifixion are arranged about. The magnificent east window, with its five tall, narrow lancets, lights the chancel.
The visitor to Ennis Friary can also see the sacristy, an impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. After the suppression of the monasteries the Friary became a venue for assize courts and the sacristy was used as a courtroom.
Leading out from the sacristy is the cloister area where part of the arcade has been reconstructed.
Location: Centre of Ennis Town
Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111
Guided Tours: Available on request
Maximum no: 30
Duration: 45 minutes
Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish. French, German, Italian and Spanish
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above
Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes
Additional Information: Limited access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement