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    The Cross of the Scriptures

    by globetrott Written Feb 15, 2015

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    This is one of the best preserved and most beautifull High Crosses of Ireland: The "Cross of the Scriptures" and the one you see here in my picture is just a replica of the real cross that was taken into the museum closeby in order to preserve it from natural elements and most probably also in order to save it from vandalism. The Cross of Scriptures is 4 metres high and made of sandstone and has some really great decorations, but the most interesting part of it might be an inscription that asks for a prayer for Flann Sinna, King of Ireland, and Abbot Colmán who commissioned the cross. Both of them were also responsible for the building of the Cathedral.
    The Cross of the Scriptures dates back to the 9th century.

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    The monastery

    by globetrott Updated Feb 15, 2015

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    The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán. Clonmacnoice had a special strategic location on the river that helped it to become a major centre of religion, but also of trade and craftsmanship, and from the 9th century onwards it was one of the most famous monasteries and trading-centres in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here in Clonmacnoice.
    All of the site is nowadays a museum, and you will be able to visit it free of charge and - as far as I remember - also any time of day or night.

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    The West Offaly Railway Bog Tour

    by globetrott Written Feb 15, 2015

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    When you travel through Ireland you will see heaps of peat in the fields and in front of the houses, because this is the ordinary way that most people in Ireland are still heating their appartments and ovens. And you will as well smell the peat all over Ireland ! And in the area around Clonmacnoice you will be able to see where most of this Peat is coming from: Untill 2008 The West Offaly Railway Bog Tour was a funny way to explore the largest production-fields of peat, a wast area close to Clonmacnoice and a visitor-train didl take you out in the bog and had several stops, where you could get out and see some remains of historic places, where the peat was won in former centuries and of course you also saw the modern machineries of nowadays.
    I am sorry for the bad quality of pics, those are scanned slides !

    It is a pity, the train is not working anymore !
    I am glad to have seen it in 2005 and I am sure you will
    still see some remains of it in that area !

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    Clonfert - just a few kms from Monasterboice

    by globetrott Written Feb 15, 2015

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    Clonfert is nowadays just a tiny hamlet close to the ruins of Clonmacnoise. You will find it between Ballinasloe and Portumna. The only place of interest for tourists is this lovely church : Saint Brendan's Cathedral that was built together with the monastery of Clonfert in the 6th century. It was destroyed in 1541 and not rebuilt again. In its high time the monastery had 3000 monks, but you will not find a lot of traces of the monastery any more today.
    Nevertheless the entrace to the cathedral is quite interesting with the gothic sculptures of the 12th century, see also my other photographs !

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    Round Tower

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

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    Near the visitors’ center and museum is a large round tower, built in 1124 by Turlough O’Connor and O’Malone (successor of St. Ciaran). It was struck by lightning in 1135 and the present top is of a later date. As it normally the case, the doorway is well above ground level. It is faced with rectangular limestone blocks.

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    Going back in time

    by pedroinlondon Written Sep 18, 2007

    I stopped at Clonmacnoise during my kayaking trip from Athlone to Limerick. Approaching Clonmacnoise from the river is an unforgetful experience. You can imagine the place as it was a thousand years ago, as there are no modern buildings nearby, and even though most of the larger constructions are much more recent. There is an excellent mooring port, and the museum is great (don't miss the documentary screened inside).

    As I was approaching Clonmacnoise Cemetery Modern addition... Strange ruin An old pilgrim
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    Medieval Monastery

    by DEBBBEDB Written Jul 24, 2007

    We drove to Clonmacnoise arriving about lunch time. We found out why we should tour popular sites early - two busses of Italian school kids - teenagers, they were bored. We saw the video, ate lunch and wandered around the site. This is a medieval monastery on the river Shannon. Loads of ruins, high crosses, and grave stones.

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    round tower

    by doug48 Written Jun 30, 2007

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    pictured is the the roofless round tower at clonmacnoise. this tower is 62 ft high. during viking raids the monks would climb wooden ladders to the top of the tower. they would then pull up the ladders so the vikings could not get to them.

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    Peace and Tranquility

    by sammijo Written Jan 15, 2007

    This is a beautifully serene and tranquil historical site along the banks of the river Shannon in Co. Offaly. Anyone with an interest in the history of our little country would be advised to take the detour off the main Dublin to Galway road, following the long and winding road that leads to this awesome site.
    Entering the visitors centre, you are treated to an audio-visual diary of the monastery from it's founding to the present day, afterwards walking through the dimly lit museum housing some of the most fabulously carved high crosses, stones and artefacts from the grounds, and finally entering the grounds of the monastery. Here you will see the remains of the round towers where the monks would stow their precious manuscripts and artworks during the many raids from their enemies including the Vikings. Note the height from the ground at which the doorways are placed, the monks would climb a ladder into the towers and pull the ladder through so the enemy would have no access. Note also how small the chapels are and how low the doorways!! There is also a beautiful little stone built Church of Ireland chapel within the walls which hosts a Sunday service every Sunday at 4pm from May to September. Also adjoining the monastery is a modern cemetery.
    Re-entering the tourist centre you can buy souvenirs including books, posters, bookmarks etc.
    It's a sight worth seeing and the photographic opportunities here are spectacular.

    What the monks saw!!! View from chapel window. Round Tower See how wee!!!
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    Museum at Clonmacnoise

    by himalia11 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    The museum at Clonmacnoise shows information about high crosses, about the early monastic life, and you’ll see there some original high crosses and grave slabs of this site.
    There’s an audio-visual show of about 20 minutes which is available in several languages. It informs about St Ciarian, the founder of the monastery, and the religious history of Ireland and the history of Clonmacnoise. It’s interesting (only a bit too long), and I recommend you watch it if you’re going there!

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    Monasteric site Clonmacnoise

    by himalia11 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Clonmacnoise is one of the oldest monastic sites in Ireland and was founded by St Ciaran in 548-549. You’ll find here several old churches, a round tower, and lots of grave slabs and high crosses. All those crosses and graves look really impressive. Unfortunately the so-called cathedral, build 909, is renovated right now so that you can’t see much of it.
    There’s also a small museum with an audio-visual show (see my other tip).

    Open from around 10:00 to 18:00, depending on season, so better check the current times before you go there.
    Admission: adults 5 Euro, children/students 2 Euro. If you have a Heritage Card (costs 20 Euro), admission is free.

    Clonmacnoise at river Shannon
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    CLONMACNOISE & WEST OFFALY RAILWAY....

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 22, 2003

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    A UNIQUE RAIL JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY IN ANCIENT BOGLAND....

    Journey to the heart of BLACKWATER BOG in Co OFFALY.

    Travel by rail for 9 kms. in a specially designed rail coach......

    Learn about the past, present & future uses of the area....

    This place is an industrial bog where milled peat is harvested for the generation of electricity.

    Stop off along the route and see a demonstration of the traditional method of turf-cutting.

    Get to know more about flora, fauna and archaeology of the area.

    This is a lovely discovery trip and although it all sounds a BIT PEATY......I was there and it was really interesting and enjoyable!

    BOGRAIL....

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    Crosses in cemetary

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

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    There are so many crosses in the cemetary all of different shapes and sizes. The decor of the crosses are also all different which makes for excellent photography.

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    Cemetary

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

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    There is a huge cemetary with many different crosses to be seen here all dating back to 10th - 13th century.

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    The Cross of the Scriptures (c.900 AD).

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

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    The Cross of the Scriptures (c.900 AD), this photo is of the original one that is on display at the visitor centre.

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