Saints and Stones: Rosserk Friary

One of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland, Rosserk was founded for the Franciscan Third Order around 1440.

A finely carved west doorway leads to the single-aisled church that has a graceful east window. In the south chapel is another fine window. In the southeast corner of the chancel is a double piscina, unique in that it has a round tower carved on one of the pillars. Other carvings on the piscina include two angels and the Instalments of the Passion. The domestic buildings are well preserved with three vaulted rooms on each side. The dormitory, refectory, and kitchen were on the upper floor, where two fireplaces back to back may be seen.

Third Order Franciscans: Tradition assigns the year 1221 as the date of the foundation of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance. This third order was devised by St. Francis as a sort of middle state between the cloister and the world for those who, wishing to follow in the saint's footsteps, were debarred by marriage or other ties from entering either the first or second order.

About Rosserk Friary

Ecclesiastical Ireland: Rosserk Friary, Co. Mayo
Irish Antiquities: Rosserk Franciscan Friary
Wikipedia: Rosserk Friary

Journey to Rosserk Friary

Rosserk Friary is situated south of Killala on the west bank of the River Moy on a minor road off the R314 in County Mayo, Ireland.

Map Reference: G254252

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the website. General tourist information may be found at the North Mayo Tourism website.

Additional Photos of Rosserk Friary

Road Sign for Rosserk Friary
Descriptive Sign for Rosserk Friary
Approaching Rosserk Friary
Rosserk Friary
Bell Tower, Rosserk Friary
Nave and East Window, Rosserk Friary
Interior, Rosserk Friary
East Window, Rosserk Friary
Interior, Rosserk Friary
Window, Rosserk Friary
Carving of Two Angels on Double Piscina in the Chancel, Rosserk Friary
Close-Up of Carving of Two Angels, Rosserk Friary
Close-Up of One Angel on Carving of Two Angels, Rosserk Friary
Carving of Round Tower, Rosserk Friary
Carving of Angel, Rosserk Friary
Animal on Pillar, Rosserk Friary
Estuary of the River Moy from the Upper Level of Rosserk Friary

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