On 9 October 1579, after failing to take Askeaton Castle, Sir Nicholas Malby attacked the Friary where he killed a number of monks in a gruesome fashion. He also wrecked the ancestral tombs of the Desmonds, (the Earls of Desmonds were the last Kings of Ireland) in what was a mean-spirited attack on innocent men for the sole reason of having some revenge on the Earl sitting in his impenetrable fortress a little further up the river.
The killings were particularly hideous even for that bloody and violent time period. Beheadings, amputations and long drawn-out deaths were the order of the day. It disgusted people even back then because it was a house of worship and therefore, a place of sanctuary exempt from violence and murder.
But the Friary is a fantastic building, one of the most beautiful complete ruins in the country. It includes complete cloisters, the east window, medieval carvings, and a chapter room. It also has statues and some incredible carvings on the walls which include names of people who lived and died there.
Recently, some idiots went in there. It is open to the public 24/7. You can literally just walk in there anytime you feel like it. They wrecked the place, tore out stones, used it as a toilet, that kind of thing. These are not the kind of stones you can pull out with your hands this required a sledge hammer so some thinking went into it.
Repairing the damage to buildings like this are notoriously difficult because they are protected buildings (oh, the irony) so they have to be repaired as they would have been repaired 1389 style so it takes a very specialised group of people to do it, and they cannot just call out next week and have it done by Friday.
So the damage will be around for quite some time.
The Friary and the castle is something I have written about heavily in my books The Anunnaki Years, just because I know it so well, and it has this real Gothic atmosphere to it that I like. It is sad to see something that really has stood the test of time, survived wars, Kings and Queens, dictators and governments, being destroyed by some 21st century spunk-faced, donkey feltching, tracksuit in sock wearing, dog fornicators.