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The Franciscan Abbey in Multyfarnham was founded in 1268 and continues to be an active centre of Franciscan mission in Ireland.  The only Franciscan Abbey in Ireland still standing on the footprint of its original foundation, the Franciscan fraternity continues its commitment of service from this special place.

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Advent Prayer

As we enter into this Advent season of waiting, Fr Kieran has composed a short prayer that we can say during this time.

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A Busy Week in Multyfarnham!

Fr Kieran shares his thoughts on a busy week here in Multyfarnham, a week of visitors, a friar recovering after a fall, and the return from Vietnam of Sean Cassin ofm.

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Latest Updates

Join us for our next ‘Open Space’ gathering

Our next gathering of the Open Space conversation group will take place on Thursday, December 1 at 8:00pm. You will find us in the 'Bistro' room, to the left of the main entrance to the Friary (as you face the entrance door). The topic for our conversation this coming...

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In the company of centenarians, remembrance, and RTÉ

Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time I am squeezing in this very late reflection before the end of the last week of the Church Year. It will be Advent before you read these words! Let me tell you about some of the events of the past few days. Beginning on Monday, I...

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A God of Inexhaustible Patience

Lord, you know us so well. You know how exhausting life can be, with so many stresses and strains, pulling us this way and that. We thank you for the peace that comes from participating in your Eucharist as we join you in offering ourselves to the Father and receiving...

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Review | “The Crucible of Doubt: Dostoevsky’s Faith”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It seems to me that neither Dostoevsky in his writing, or Fr John O'Brien in his coverage and study of it, underestimate the intelligence of the reader. There were chapters of spell-bound intrigue as I was totally unfamiliar with...

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On new faces and Dostoevsky’s faith!

Sometimes the weekly reflection looks forward to coming events, but this one looks back to the aftermath of the planned closure of the friary in Athlone, which came as a shock to many, including the friars of the Province. Writing last week, I mentioned the...

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Death of Fr Joe McMahon OFM

Today, October 29, our brother Joe MacMahon OFM, went home peacefully to God after a long illness. He was 80 years old. A member of the Ennis fraternity, Joe was born in Limerick in 1942. He entered the Franciscan novitiate in Killarney in 1960, and the following year...

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Floods at the Friary

On Friday, October 28 during the mid-afternoon, the River Gaine, which flows through the Friary grounds, bursts its banks. As a result, the gardens containing the life-sized Stations of the Cross flooded. See below a short video that shows the event...

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The Stations of the Cross Garden Floods

On Friday, October 28, the River Gaine, which flows through the life-sized Stations of the Cross garden, burst its banks after a period of intense rain.  Below you will see some images of the aftermath!  Click on the image to expand it to full page...

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Athlone transfers to Multy

In the aftermath of the announcement of the closure of Athlone Friary, the Minister Provincial of the Franciscans in Ireland, Aidan McGrath ofm, has announced that Gabriel Kinahan ofm and Br Salvador ofm will move to the friary at Multyfarnham upon the closure of...

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About Safeguarding in Multyfarnham

Here in Multyfarnham, we greatly value the very many people who support our work and especially, the presence of those who visit, whether to attend Mass, avail of the sacrament of reconciliation (confession), to pray, to walk through our beautiful grounds, or for such...

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From the desk of Fr Kieran OFM

A Busy Week in Multyfarnham!

Fr Kieran shares his thoughts on a busy week here in Multyfarnham, a week of visitors, a friar recovering after a fall, and the return from Vietnam of Sean Cassin ofm.

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Respite and Revival at Multyfarnham

Read here the latest part of the historical story of the Multyfarnham Friary, whose history dates back to 1268.

The Flight of the Earls and Multyfarnham Friary

In September 1607 Bishop Brady died in Multyfarnham Friary. In accordance with his own wishes his body was laid to rest in the cloister, the burial place of the friars, and immediately under the door that led to into the church. The exact location of his grave, like...

The Friars Return (Following the October 1601 raid and plunder by Sir Francis Shane)

Before the end of the year 1601, the friars returned to their ancient home, now a gaunt ruin. Desolation had fallen upon the Friary of Multyfarnham. Without roof, doors, or windows, silent and lonely the wind swept through, and rain soaked the charred limestone walls....

Multyfarnham Friary and Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth was 2½ years old. Elizabeth I was born on the September 7, 1533, and was Queen of England and Ireland from November 17 1558 until her death in 1603. Elizabeth...

Henry VIII and Suppression.

King Henry VIII, failing to convince the Pope to annul his marriage with Catherine of Aragon, renounced the supreme authority of the Pope in religious matters and had himself declared supreme head of the Church in England. As Henry was also Lord of Ireland, he claimed...