Monday, November 24, 2008
The Friary in Claregalway was commissioned in the 1250's by a Norman Knight, it flourished as a community until the 16th century reformation and was ransacked by the British army marching to Galway. It was used as a barracks for a while until the Franciscians took possession of it in 1941, it was in a state of disrepair and was not in their power to get it in running order. There were as many as 220 living in the building in the mid 1700's, by the 1830's there were only 2 left. The remaining 2 moved to the Galway community in the winter of 1847, tho' the friary remained a place of worship until 1860. It's graveyard is still used by the community to this day.
Posted by Paz at 7:49 PM