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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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Latest Updates

Participating online via our webcam

We invite you to join us via our webcam for all of our services here in the Friary church.  These include our weekday Mass with the Franciscan Community, Sunday Mass (and Vigil Mass on Saturday evening) and our very popular Novena Mass to St Anthony, which is...

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Athlone Friary to close on January 6 2023

At the start of this morning’s 9:00am Mass, Fr Kieran communicated the announcement from the Minister Provincial of the Franciscans in Ireland, Aidan McGrath OFM, that the Friary in Athlone will be closing. We share the sadness that this news will bring to friars...

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Death of Pat Cogan OFM

Pat Cogan OFM died peacefully in Waterford on October 13, 2022. He was 77 years of age and was predeceased by his sister Kay, brother Jim, and brothers-in-law, Vincent, Derry, and Brian. Pat was born in Cork City in 1945 and joined the Franciscan Order when he entered...

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Latest on the history of Multyfarnham

Our local historian, Paschal, has written the latest instalment on the history of Multyfarnham. This records the the Flight of the Earls and Fr Edmund O'Mullarkey OFM. Click HERE or choose from the menu item 'History' at the top of the page.

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From the desk of Fr Kieran OFM

We’re all saints in training!

In this week’s writing, Fr Kieran reflects on the dual feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Thinking about the recent death of Joe McMahon ofm, Kieran tells us that, “we are all saints in training, because of the love that God has lavished on us in our Baptism.”

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On new faces and Dostoevsky’s faith!

In sharing his thoughts this week, Fr Kieran comments on additions to the fraternity in Multy and the newly published book by another member of the Multyfarnham fraternity, Fr John O’Brien ofm.

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The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few!

In a week when the closure of the friary in Athlone has been announced, a friary that was founded in 1241, Kieran Cronin OFM reflects on the significance of this event, and on what is at its core, viz. : “the shortage of vocations to the Franciscan way of life.”

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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...