Ross Errily Franciscan Friary

Map Reference: M249483 (1249, 2483)

Ross Errily Friary, Co Galway has a pointed west doorway and a three-light traceried west window. The rectangular church has a south aisle of four bays and a double south transept of two bays. There is a tall central tower. It is vaulted at the level of a round arch leading from the nave to the chancel. Above this is another storey within the attic of the church and the free tower then rises for two storeys above that. The cloister, to the north of the church, has a ten-bay arcade on each side except on the east where there are five and a half bays separated by substantial masonry pillars. There are many two-storey buildings surrounding the cloister and to the north. One of these has a large fireplace with an oven. Beside it is a deep circular stone pit, which was a fish holding-tank. The friary was founded in 1351 by Sir Raymond de Burgo. After the Dissolution it was granted to the Earl of Clanrickarde.

View from the south

The aisle arcade and transepts

The tower from the west

A piscina

The cloister arcade

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