Monday, 25 May 2009

Franciscans Celebrating 800 years, 1209-2009

“Franciscans Celebrating 800 years, 1209-2009”“Franciscans Celebrating 800 years, 1209-2009”, an exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Order, is on show in the Civic Offices, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis until mid June. The exhibition demonstrates the history of the Franciscan Order and its arrival to Ennis around 1250. Exhibits on show include the Moriartus O'Gripha Chalice from the Franciscan Friary, Ennis, 1671; Francis Molloy's Lucerna Fidelium, (Lochrann na gCreidmheach), (1672); and Francis Molloy's Grammatica Latino-Hibernica, (1677), a Latin Irish grammar printed in Rome and subsequently used by the friars in the Friary in Ennis. This was the first printed Irish grammar. O' Molloy studied for the priesthood at St. Isadore's in Rome in 1638. The grammar has the Ennis friary library stamp and manuscript notation, with shelf number and label.

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