Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary

One of Ireland’s oldest Franciscan friaries, Ennis Friary was founded in the 1240’s and is the burial place of the O’Brien and MacMahon families who were the ancient Kings and chieftains of Clare. Visitors can view the friary’s famous medieval sculptures and there are regular guided tours exploring the site’s history, archaeology and architecture. No visit to Ennis would be complete without a visit to the town’s oldest building.


  • Caters for Groups
  • Regular Guided Tours


40.1 km from the Cliffs of Moher
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Ennis Friary - "The Old Abbey"
Abbey Street
Co. Clare
V95 AN28

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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