Ross Errily Friary
August 31, 2019
I have previously posted a color photo of this ruin, but I really liked the black and white version, so I wanted to share with my friends. One of the most serendipitous events of our trip around Ireland was to have spotted this ruin from a distant highway. We drove towards it on tiny dirt roads, made several wrong turns but had the good luck to finally find it. It was fenced off and not accessible at all, so we just stood as near to it as we could. The ruin was near Rosstaf, Ireland. After research on the internet, and comparing photos posted to mine, I believe that this is the ruins of the Ross Errily Fiary. According to Wikipedia: " it is a medieval Franciscan friary located about a mile to the northwest of Headford, County Galway, Ireland. It is a National Monument of Ireland and among the best-preserved medieval monastic sites in the country. Though usually referred to by locals as "Ross Abbey," this is not technically correct as the community never had an abbot.
The church and bell tower are to the south of a small but well-preserved central cloister and domestic buildings are to the north. Amongst these are a kitchen (equipped with an oven and a water tank for live fish), a bake house, and a refectory or dining area. The dormitories are on the upper levels. One unusual feature is a second courtyard or cloister, built to accommodate the friary's growing population.
Like many other abandoned Christian sites in Ireland, Ross Errilly has continued to be used as a burial ground by area residents. In addition to tombs that date from the friary's active period, many graves dating from the 18th through 20th centuries can be found inside the church walls. In some cases, tombstones comprise the floors of walkways and crawlspaces." The modern consensus is that the construction finished perhaps in 1460.
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