Rosserk Abbey


Rosserk Friary is one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan
Friaries in Ireland. It was founded by the Joye family circa 1440 for
the Friars of the Franciscan Third Order Regular.

Rosserk Friary and Moyne Friary are located close to each other, north of Ballina on the west side of Killala Bay. Both were allegedly burnt by Sir Richard Bingham, Elizabeth I of England's governor of Connacht, in 1590 in reformationist zeal. Features to explore and discover include the stone doorway leading to the church showing fine workmanship and carvings. The church is built in the late Irish Gothic Style and consists of a single-aisle nave, with two chantry chapels in the south transept and a bell-tower suspended over the chancel arch. The conventual buildings are well-preserved with three vaulted rooms on each side. The dormitory, refectory and kitchen were on the upper floor, where two fireplaces still remain back-to-back.

Directions from Mount Falcon Estate to Rosserk Abbey