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Clonmacnoise, County Offaly
Categories: Churches, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
A preserved ruin along the Shannon River set against green and rolling hills, Clonmacnoise offers a glimpse into the religious and cultural history of the monasteries in Ireland. Founded in 546 CE by Saint Ciarán, the monastery was a center of learning and trade for over 600 years until it began to decline around the 12th century due to a diminishing population. Visit many of the ruined and partially ruined buildings on the site, including temple Finghín and McCarthy's tower, cross of the scriptures, and the cathedral, where the last High King of Ireland is buried. Many kings from Meath, Tara, and Connacht were buried at this site. Explore the visitor center for a comprehensive history of the site. A visit to Clonmacnoise represents just the start of the adventure when you use our County Offaly vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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The tour of the monastery is great and very interesting to learn about life in Ireland when the Vikings were raiding. Its a lovely way to spend an afternoon and there is a gift shop that sells lovely ... read more »
This monastic setting with round towers and several churches has survived for centuries as a holy place at the crossing of trade routes from east to west and along the Shannon river. There is an inter... read more »
Worth the stop. Simply amazing architectural site. Loved walking around the gravesites and ruins. The view of the cows grazing by the Shannon River is just a lovely setting. There is a video that runs... read more »
Bart Van den Bosch
Amazingly beautiful and very quiet site. Nice to wander between the graves and the ruins of the old churches. Must have been very spectacular in its hayday. Must see place if you're in Ireland.
Some well preserved crosses and round towers on a beautiful location on the banks of the Shannon. I liked the video presentation. I didn't go for the coffee, but the coffee shop could be better.
Some of the oldest original Celtic crosses in Ireland. Plus the pilgrimage road on the esker.
Wonderful setting on the river Shannon. The tour was well conducted and the artefacts on display indoors are magnificent. The video presentation could do with an upgrade.
Stopped on the way from Galway to Dublin. Well worth the short trip off M6.
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