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Burriscarra Friary Church
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 43' 51.0"   W 009° 14' 45.7"

Nearest town

Castlebar

Grid Ref.

M 17812 76392

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

37

Date of visit

Saturday 8 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The friary from the north.


In origin this was a Carmelite Priory founded by Adam de Staunton in 1298 on the site of an earlier monastery. The priory was abandoned in 1383 and in 1413 it was re-founded as an Augustinian Friary.
It was burned around 1430 but it was soon repaired with additions and insertions in the 13th century structure.
The friary is completely in ruins. The church has a nave and a chancel. The latter has a large east (80°) window and two large splayed south windows. In the south wall of the chancel there are a piscina, where the sacred vessels were washed during the Mass, and a sedilia with a three-foiled canopy. Behind the seats of the sedilia is a lancet window.
The nave had a south aisle with two archways, but the length of this aisle doesn't reach the chancel.
To the north of the church there's another building that probably was the sacristy. On the same side of the church was a cloister, but this is completely disappeared. A square ruined building stands in the southwest corner of the cloister.
To the northeast of the friary is a smaller church.

I didn't remember that we came here before, and I didn't realize of this until I wrote this page and I found out that we already came here on April 27th, 1997.


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