I noticed this place when we went to Limerick to visit St John's Castle. So last Saturday we decided to check out Askeaton. It's a small town in county Limerick. Here's some shots for you.
An old Saddlers' shop. On a further inspection by looking in the shop window, it was empty, sadly!
An impressive looking forged gate to and impressive Georgian style house. Probably a mill owners house me thinks?
|The grave yard overlooking the Friary.|
Old derelict Corn store at Abbey Mills. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of derelict buildings there are in Ireland. Surely ("don't call me Shirley" Airplane film joke) the building could me made into apartments?
This looks like the monks and nuns productive kitchen garden. No doubt they would have grown food, made beer and Mead and grew medicinal herbs and flowers to cure the sick. It was a Franciscan Friary so they would have been very kind and offered rest and comfort for the weary traveler and sanctuary to heal the body and the soul. Even today the Franciscans have soup kitchens in big cities like Dublin. I believe the ruin is part of an old church.
They were obviously incredibly skilled stonemasons in the 13th century.
Swans on the river Deel overlooking Desmond castle.
Its free to visit the Friary and good way to explore the many fascinating old places in Ireland. It reminded me of our visit many moons a go to Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire.