Rosserk Friary, just outside Killala in county Mayo, is one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland. situated on the banks of the river Moy, it dates back to 1440 and was founded by a chieftain of the Joyces. As an artist, it is always interesting to paint such buildings, allowing someone else’s craftsmanship to be portrayed in your own. Its truly amazing to think that the Friary has been in ruins since the late 1500’s after being burned down under the instruction of Elizabeth the first.
The coldness of the stone structure is emphasised by the composition, looking up at the steeple from below, giving us a sense of awe at this wonderful construction.