I approached the Friary from the east end of Abbey Street and was really impressed by this fine looking structure. The thirteen metre long franciscan friary was built sometime before 1477, and consisted of a nave and chancel church divided by a two storey bell-tower with crenellations. As I walked under the bell tower, I was disappointed to find that the tower, north wall and east gable were the only surviving parts of the structure. This arch is now used as an entrance to the early 19th century Roman Catholic Church. This modern church is probably built upon the site of the cloister. Cemented into the base of the tower, and above the entrance, are architectural fragments from the friary.
Pictured above, from left to right, you can see the north wall of the nave, the bell tower, with it's high pointed arches, and the east gable. A blocked traceried window can be viewed in the east gable. The light was awful during my visit, if you plan on visiting, see if you can spot the square stone masons marks on the northeast corbel of the tower.
Situated: The Friary is situated on south side of Abbey Street in the centre of Roscrea.
Discovery Map 60: S 1346 8910. Last Visit: Aug 2018.
Longitude: 7° 47' 59" W
Latitude: 52° 57' 9" N
Pics Jim Dempsey.