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Askeaton Abbey
Mainistir Eas Géitine
Askeaton Franciscan Friary,Limerick, Ireland.jpg
Monastery information
Other names Athskettin; Easa-geibhteine; Es-geibhteine; Inis-geibhthine; Easa-gebryny; Inisgebryny?
Order Order of Friars Minor Conventual
Order of Friars Minor
Established 1389–1420
Disestablished 1714
Diocese Limerick
People
Founder(s) Gerald FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond
Architecture
Status Inactive
Site
Location Moig South, Askeaton, County Limerick
Coordinates 52°36′14″N 8°58′31″W / 52.603813°N 8.975413°W / 52.603813; -8.975413Coordinates: 52°36′14″N 8°58′31″W / 52.603813°N 8.975413°W / 52.603813; -8.975413
Visible remains church, north transept, sacristy, cloister arcade, domestic buildings
Public access Yes
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Askeaton Abbey
Reference no. 185

Askeaton Abbey or Askeaton Friary is a former Franciscan monastery and National Monument located in County Limerick, Ireland.

Location

Askeaton Abbey is located in the north of Askeaton, on the east bank of the River Deel.

History

Paul Sandby - Askeaton Abbey near Limerick, Ireland on the River Deel - Google Art Project
Drawing by Paul Sandby (1731–1809)

Askeaton Abbey was founded for the Order of Friars Minor Conventual by Gerald FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond between 1389 and 1400; or by James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond in 1420.

The abbey was reformed under the Order of Friars Minor in 1490; it was reformed again in 1513 and a provincial chapter held there in 1564.

Askeaton was plundered and later abandoned by Nicholas Malby's men in 1579 during the Second Desmond Rebellion, and some of the friars were killed. It was revived in 1627 and abandoned in 1648 when Cromwell’s forces neared. It was reestablished in 1658 and continued to house friars until 1714.

Remains

The diocese of Limerick, ancient and medieval (1906) (14764772525)
Plan of the friary

The church and its north transept, sacristy, cloister arcade and domestic buildings survive. Notable features include the cloister with its carvings of Francis of Assisi with stigmata, a Mass dial, sedilia, several Fitzgerald dynasty tombs, and a carving of Christ as the Man of Sorrows.

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