The West Coast of Ireland – Ross Erilly

Ross Erilly was founded in 1351 and enlarged in 1498 becoming the one of the largest Franciscan monasteries in Ireland. Although the monks were expelled several times from the cloister, for example by Cromwell’s soldiers in 1656, they kept returning. The friary was finally abandoned in 1753 and the buildings fell into ruin. Nevertheless, it remains one of the best preserved Franciscan foundations in Ireland.

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