On a sunny day in August, we found ourselves driving along the Moy estuary in County Mayo. Our plan was to visit the stunning Franciscan Friary of Moyne that is located not to far away from the small town of Killala and close by another magnificent Friary called Rosserk Friary (https://www.outdoorfitnesssligo.com/blog/rosserk-friary-county-mayo ).
When visiting the Friary, be mindful that it is located on private land. This means you have to cross some fields where cattle might graze, so it is important to close gates,....
The Friary was founded by Mac William de Burgo in 1460 and despite its turbulent history, it kept its community of friars until the end of the 18th Century.
The enclosed cloister walkways where the friars prayed, meditated and did some monastic work, are among the finest in Ireland. The church, with its elegant bell tower, stands tall on the south side of the cloister. On the opposite site is the kitchen and refectory (dining hall) with a pulpitum (a recess where a friar stood and read aloud to his community as they were eating).
On the east side of the cloister is the sacristy and the chapter house where the community met to discuss business and to read the daily chapter of the order's rule. Above the chapter house is the dormitory.
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