‘The Abbey’ was founded in 1296 on St. Stephen’s Island where the present courthouse is situated. In 1660 a church was erected on the present site of the Abbey, and a Novitiate in 1774. In 1781 the church was rebuilt and around 1836 the present church was opened.

Franciscan Abbey, 8, St. Francis Street, Galway. H91 DHA2
Phone (091) 562518

Mass Times

  • Sunday: 5.30pm (Saturday, Vigil) 8:00am, 11:00am
  • Monday - Friday: 10:30am, 1:10pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am, 1:10pm, 5.30pm (Vigil)
  • Eve of Holyday: 5:30pm
  • Holyday: 10:30, 1:10pm
  • Community Mass: Monday 10:30am.


  • Tuesday- Friday: 10:00am-12.30pm. Saturday: 10.00am- 12.30pm. 3.00pm-5.00pm

Secular Franciscans

  • Monthly Mass: First Thursday of the month, 10.30am

Healing Mass

  • First Saturday of the month, Mass with anointing 10.30am

Novena to Our Lady

  • Saturday 10.30am

Perpetual Novena to St Anthony

  • Tuesday 10:30am

Padre Pio Mass

  • 7.30pm on third Tuesday of the month

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

  •  Saturday, 1.30pm-6.00pm

More Information

The present friary was built or rebuilt in 1820, and renovated in 1970s. “The Abbey” became the first Franciscan parish in modern Ireland in 1971. It ceased to be a parish in March 2019. Requests for certificats for Baptisms, Confirmations, and Marriages that took place in The Abbey in the past can be optained from the Rev. Adminstrator, the Cathedral, Galway City.





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