Rosserk Friary

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Name Rosserk Friary County Mayo Nearest Town Killala Access Road R413 About Rosserk Friary is a Franciscan Friary in north Mayo that is designated a National Monument.

Rosserk Friary is one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland.

It was founded by the Joye (Joyce) family circa 1440 for the Observatine Franciscans (Friars of the Third Order Regular, TOR).

Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey are located close to each other, north of the town of Ballina on the west side of Killala Bay.

Both were burnt by Sir Richard Bingham, the Governor of Connacht, in 1590 in a purge in aid of the reformation campaign.

The stone doorway leading to the church still shows fine workmanship and carvings.

The cruciform Church is built in the late Irish Gothic Style and consists of a single-aisle nave, with two chapels in the south transept and a bell-tower suspended over the chancel arch.

In the south-east corner of the chancel is a double piscina with a Round Tower carved on one of its pillars, two angels and the instruments of the passion.

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