Claregalway Friary is a Franciscan abbey in County Galway. Built in 1252, it is now in ruins and is one of the best heritage sites in the region. A highly touristic site, which you can pass through without hesitation!
Claregalway Friary was built in 1252 by order of John de Cogan, an Anglo-Norman knight who conquered some of the lands of the Connacht.
Within its walls, the building welcomed many monks and sisters who wished to devote their time to gardening, calligraphy, and prayer.
Despite the looting and the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth I, the abbey managed to remain in operation until 1860, when it was finally abandoned.
Today Claregalway Friary is now state-owned and open to the public free of charge. You can discover its still preserved architecture, vaults, bell tower, gardens and cemetery. Its Celtic crosses are among the most beautiful in the region!
The place has a serious and authentic charm, worthy of the most beautiful ruined buildings in Ireland.
A very beautiful abbey, which should delight lovers of history, but also of architecture!