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Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly

Clonmacnoise Cathedral from the south-east , Temple Doolin and Temple Hurpan and Temple Melaghlin Cross of the Scriptures, Cathedral, Temple Doolin and South Cross

The monastery of Clonmacnoise is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone.

Clonmacnoise was founded in 546 by Ciarán, a young man from Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship, and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. From the ninth until the eleventh century it was allied with the kings of Meath. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here.

In the modern day, the site stands as a preserved ruin under the management of the Office of Public Works. An interpretive center and facilities for visitors have been built around the site, which is open to the public for a fee. The graveyard surrounding the site continues to be in use and religious services are held regularly on the site in a modern chapel.
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The Shannon Water Meadows

Co. Offaly, Ireland
See the water meadows near the monastic site of Clonmacnoise where the corncrake may still be heard.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise B&B Clonmacnoise B&B

Clonmacnoise Shannonbridge Co Offaly, Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly
Located in Clonmacnoise, 12 km from Athlone, Clonmacnoise B&B features a barbecue and sun terrace. Free private parking is available on site. Enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out at the mountain or river.

Kajon House B&B Kajon House B&B

Creevagh, Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Offaly, Co. Offaly
Kajon House B&B is located in Clonmacnoise. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV and satellite channels. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

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Map of Clonmacnoise