County Clare, Ireland
The Friary was founded by the O'Briens for the Franciscan Order in the 13th Century. Most of what remains is from a Century later. In the 14th and 15th Century the Friary was an important seat of learning with up to 350 Friars staying here.
After the Reformation it was the last Catholic house of study in Ireland, during the 17th Century it was sporadically occupied, but by the end of that century had become a disused ruin.
Inside are a number of ancient and interesting carvings, including one of St. Francis showing his stigmatic marks quite clearly.
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