A 13th century Franciscan friary

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 carrying a cross, wearing the Franciscan habit and displaying the stigmata is evident in the nave. Under the south arch of the tower, an elaborate tracery canopy of the late 15th century was perhaps part of an ornate tomb.

The visitor to Ennis Friary can also see the sacristy, an impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling. The friary is also the burial place of the O’Brien and McMahon families—the ancient Kings of Clare.

  • 13th Century Franciscan friary
  • An impressive structure with ribbed, barrel-vaulted ceiling
  • Burial place of the O’Brien and McMahon families—the ancient Kings of Clare


17 March to September  2023
Daily 10:00 – 18:00h
Last admission: 17:15h

October to 5 November 2023
Daily 10.00am – 17:00h
Last admission:  16:15h

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Admission Prices:

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian & Spanish

PARKING: Public car & coach park close to site

ACCESSIBILITY: Limited access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement

GUIDE TOURS: Guided tours available on request

Getting There

Situated in the town centre of Ennis

Map Location: 52.846046, -8.981384
Contact Ennis Friary

Abbey Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

Eircode: V95 AN28
T: +353 (0)65 682 9100
W: heritageireland.ieplaces-to-visitennis-friary
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