Adare Friary is located in one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland. It was formerly known as the “Black Abbey” (because the Augustinian friars wore a black habit.) and is now known as “St. Nicholas’ Church of Ireland” parish church. The Augustinian friars first came to Dublin from England in about 1260. They were invited to Adare by John FitzThomas FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Kildare in 1316 and given land and houses in the town. By 1541 the Augustinians owned nearly 80 acres of land, several cottages and gardens in the village and a fishing weir on the river. As part of the Tudor suppression of Irish Monasteries at the end of the 16th century, the Augustinians were driven out of Adare and had moved to Limerick City by 1633. Many of the features of the friary are very well preserved, particularly the small 15th century cloister and sedilia. This national monument is one of the few examples where you can get an idea of what these Irish medieval churches looked like when roofed and furnished.

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