Monday, August 12, 2013

Trim and Sligo Black Friaries

Some more digging today at the Blackfriary, Trim. In cutting nine again, searching for the western end of the church. This end seems very disturbed by later digging and dumping but it looked more hopeful today with some evidence of mortar and possibly walls. Most of the students are finishing this week and heading back to the USA. They seemed to have enjoyed their time in Ireland very much.

I visited the remains of the Dominician Friary when in Sligo last Friday. What a contrast with the Blackfriary in Trim. The stone from the Trim Dominician Friary was sold in later centuries and presumably used in substantial buildings in the town. What happened to the carved stone, the figures of St Dominic etc? All destroyed at the time of the Reformation?

Sligo Friary pictures: 1. The church from the nave with the rood screen and the high altar at the east wall. 2. The cloisters. 3. St Dominic on the O'Crean tomb. 4, St Dominic at the cloisters.

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