The Kilconnell Franciscan friary was believed to have been part of the territory of the O’Kelly’s clan, lords of Uí Mhaine in east Connacht. The friary was built on the site where an earlier church dedicated to St. Conall once existed.
Although now ruinous, the remains of the friary are in good condition and it dominates the surrounding lands, in particular the tall tower. Throughout the 16th & 17th centuries, the friary would have experienced turbulent times but often remained protected by the powerful families who owned the territory throughout the centuries. Within the friary, tombs of many of its patrons still exist.