Founded in Ardfert by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today.
Ardfert Friary was founded circa 1253 by Thomas Fitzmaurice, 1st Baron Kerry; he was purportedly buried here c. 1280–1. A residential tower was added to the west end of the church in the 15th century.
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