Ennis Friary, the old Franciscan Friary on Abbey Street, has now re-opened for the 2014 tourist season. Last year saw a record number of both local and foreign tourists visiting the heritage site, and so far this year there has already been an increase in visitor numbers since the Friary opened on April 4.
The Office of Public Works, who manage the site, are encouraging local families to visit during the Easter Holidays because of the recent restoration of the medieval “passion panels”. These panels were carved for a royal tomb built by the McMahon family in the 1400s and show in exquisite detail various scenes of the Catholic story of Easter including Christ’s betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection.
There has also been renewed local interest in the site due to the millennial celebrations of the Battle of Clontarf as Ennis Friary was the ancient burial place of Brian Boru’s ancestors The O’Brien kings of Thomond.
Ennis Friary is open seven days a week from 10am. Last admission is at 5.15pm and guided tours are completely free of charge.

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