The Franciscans came to Ireland around 1226, and St Francis's Abbey was founded sometime between 1231 and 1234. From 14th century the monks began at the site, and a commercial brewery — Smithwick's — was established to brew Irish red ale in 1710. The remains of St. Francis Abbey include the great east window: a cluster of seven lancet lights divided by slender mullions. The nave, chancel, bell tower and sacristy also survive, as does a holy well bearing St. Francis's name.
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