Friars of the mendicant orders
by Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe
Friars of the mendicant orders – Franciscan, Dominican, Carmelite and Augustinian – played a central role in the history of medieval Connacht. They arrived in the province while it was being settled by the Anglo-Normans in the thirteenth century, and they were instrumental in the Gaelic resurgence of the late middle ages. In this illustrated lecture their history in Connacht is outlined and the architecture of some of their friaries is explained.
Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe is former Head of UCD School of Archaeology. One of Ireland’s best-known medievalists, he has published nine books and over 100 papers on aspects of medieval archaeology and history.