Local History

This page was researched and written by the pupils of Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh


Friarstown Abbey

Friarstown Abbey is located approximately 2.5 km from our school. It was built in the 1500's by the Franciscan Order and is situated on some of the finest land in the Friarstown area. Although it is well concealed from the road the army of Henry VIII managed to find it and destroy it in the 1600's.

All that remains of it today are the ruins of the Church.Towards the end of the 19th century the owner of the lands of Friarstown, John Hunt employed workers to extract loose stones in the church's aisle. A stone crock under a flag stone in the church was found. Unfortunately the great stone crock was empty.

When John Hunt died he was buried within the walls of the Abbey. In May 2000 a millennium Mass was concelebrated by our parish priest, Fr. Oliver Plunkett and the bishop of Limerick Donal Murray. Parents, pupils and teachers from our school braved the elements and attended the mass.This poem is inscripted on John Hunt's grave:

'Remember man as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I,
As I am now so you will be,

Prepare for death and follow me'.



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