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This is one of Irelands most important monastic sites and contains many high crosses, churches and round towers and a graveyard. It is thought to have been founded in 548 by St Ciar?n. There is a 20 minute audio-visual show in the museum section as well as tours of the site. Entry is ?3.80
Clonmacnoise- Find the Tailor!
You will read about the monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise in many places, and find out about the round towers, the interpretation of the panels on the crosses etc, but few tell you where to find the tailor!
He is in here somewhere, on the ground and when you find him you will know it.
Co. Offaly - Clonmacnoise
Clonmacnoise is another of Ireland's abundant ancient monastic sites. It is beautifully situated by the banks of the River Shannon.
It was founded around 440 by St. Ciaran and in its time it attracted many scholars from Ireland and Europe and was probably something like an early university. Clonmacnoise does not have one big central church, but several small chapels and some beautiful High Crosses. The most impressive is the Cross of the Scriptures with many illustrations from biblical scenes.
As with many such sites in Ireland it is next to impossible to get to if you do not have your own transport. Clonmacnoise lies about 12 miles away from Athlone and with no buses going that way.
Go to the Clonmacnoise
The old monastic site of Clonmacnoise, and cross-roads of Ireland, is definitely worth a visit. It has attracted pilgrims for nearly 1500 years. As a sidebar, it's on the River Shannon, which is also worth seeing. We were there in March 1999.
Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Clonmacnoise is ranked as perhaps the most important monastic site in Ireland. It is also simply a beautiful place! The monastery was founded 1500 years ago, but the remains that you will see there today mainly date from the 10th to the 12th centuries. Because monks from all over Europe came to study and pray at Clonmacnoise, ireland itself became known as the "Island of saints and scholars".
see Clonmacnoise in the Midlands.
Here you find the ruins of a once thriving monastery. This sounds pretty similar to Glandalough, but the surroundings here are completely different: lush green fields surround the complex, and down below the river Shannon flows by ever so gently.
CROSS OF THE SCRIPTURES
This is a replica of the 9th century High Cross [the original is in the museum] which is the most decorated of the three at Clonmacnoise.
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