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Clonmacnoise Things to Do

  • The Cross of the Scriptures

    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...

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  • The monastery

    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...

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  • The West Offaly Railway Bog Tour

    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...

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  • Clonfert - just a few kms from...

    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...

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  • Crosses in cemetary

    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

    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).

    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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  • Round Tower

    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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  • Cross of the Scriptures

    This is a replicate of the Cross of the Scriptures that stands at the west front of Cathedral, both c.900

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  • Temple Connor

    Temple Connor dates back to c.1200 and is closest building situated on the banks of the River Shannon at Clonmacnoise

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  • Going back in time

    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...

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  • Medieval Monastery

    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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  • temple

    pictured is one of three temples next to the cathedral. the temple hurpan was built in the 17th century as a family crypt. the temples dowling and mclaghlin date back to the 13th century.

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  • grave slab

    pictured is an ancient grave slab in the clonmacnoise museum. the museum is located in the clonmacnoise visitor center.

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  • clonmacnoise museum

    pictured is the original cross of the scriptures in the clonmacnoise museum. the museum is located in the clonmacnoise visitor center.

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  • temple connor

    pictured is the well preserved temple connor. this is one of several temples in the clonmacnoise monastery complex.

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  • round tower

    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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  • round tower

    pictured is one of two round towers at clonmacnoise. this one's pointed roof is still intact. these towers were built as looking out towers to warn of viking raids.

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  • cross of the scriptures

    the cross of the scriptures was carved in the 9th century and was decorated with biblical scenes. pictured is a copy of the cross. the original is located in the museum at the visitor center.

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  • whispering door

    this 15th century door leads into the cathedral. above the arch are carvings of saint francis and saint dominic. the acoustics of this door are such that a whisper is carried inside of the cathedral.

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  • Peace and Tranquility

    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...

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  • Museum at Clonmacnoise

    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...

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  • Monasteric site Clonmacnoise

    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...

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  • CLONMACNOISE & WEST OFFALY RAILWAY....

    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...

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Clonmacnoise Off The Beaten Path

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    by cheryl-b Written Feb 18, 2005

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    Ireland's only bog tour. Take a train ride through fields of peat, learn about the unique flora and fauna, and see a demonstration of traditional peat-cutting.

    We enjoyed this because it was something 'different.' It would be perfect for families with young children.

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