Shannonbridge is a village located on the River Shannon, at the junction of the R444 and R357 regional roads in County Offaly, Ireland. It lies within the townland of Raghra , at the borders of counties Offaly, Galway and Roscommon, with the majority of the population living east of the bridge in County Offaly. It has a population of approximately 650, and is predominantly low rise and low-density. It contains a number of different building styles, with two housing estates situated within the village. Its location along Irelandâs largest river and its proximity to Clonmacnoise have contributed to tourism being a key factor in its local economy. It is rich in heritage and the village is flanked by an important nature conservation area â the Shannon Callows. The physical environment consists of the River Shannon, callows, boglands and the Esker Riada . The village has one of the oldest bridges still in use over the River Shannon, completed in 1757.
The monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise is some 7 km upriver.
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Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly, Ireland
An early Christian site established by Saint Ciarán, in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches, two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave ...
Shannonbridge Fortifications, Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly
The Old Fort Restaurant is in the newly restored main building of the Shannonbridge Fortifications. This wonderful building was constructed in 1810 (approx) as a bridgehead defence against Napoleon.