One of the three major old Catholic churches in Joe Ambrose's home town, Clonmel. It hosts Ambrose's favourite Clonmel icon. the tomb of the Lords of Cahir. The abbey of St. Francis was built in 1269 and has been rebuilt on several occasions since, the last reconstruction being completed around 1884.
The oldest part of the building is the tower which dates from the 14th century. The most significant recent addition was the shrine of St. Anthony, which opened in 1959 and the stained glass windows which were put in in 1960.
The tomb of the Lords of Cahir could be considered the one constant element in the history of the church as it survived the dissolution of the monasteries, the passage of the Cromwellians and the Williamites and the entire penal law period.
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