Clonmacnoise, Ireland

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Shannonbridge, in County Offaly

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    an early christian monastery

    by globetrott Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    Clonmacnoise is one of the most interesting historic sites of Ireland : an early christian monastery, founded by Saint Ciaran in the middle of the 6th century directely at the banks of the river Shannon. You will see there still some part of the walls around the monastery, 2 round towers and 3 celtic high crosses, beautifully decorated, a lot of tombs. There is a visitor-centre that shows an audiovisual show about this place including also the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.

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    The West Offaly Railway Bog Tour

    by globetrott Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    The West Offaly Railway Bog Tour is a funny way to explore the largest production-fields of peat, a wast area close to Clonmacnoice and a visitor-train will take you out in the bog and will have several stops, where you can get out and see some remains of historic places, where the peat was won in former centuries and of course you will also see the modern machineries of nowadays.
    That train is operated in April, May and September:
    Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (tours run on the hour)
    May, June, July and August :
    7 days a week 10am to 5pm tours run on the hour

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    A multinational of it's day...

    by sourbugger Written Jun 8, 2004

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    Clonmacnoise (County Offaly) has become an immensly popular place to visit in the last few years. The ruins of the Monastic settlement are important for historical reasons, although the fact that it is roughly half-way between Dublin and Galway on the main road makes it very appealing to coach tours.

    The Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. This also adds to the charm of the place as it is a very picturesque setting. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs. The original high crosses and grave slabs are on display in the Visitor Centre. The display is wll presented and includes a good quality audio-visual production.

    My five year old nephew-in-law after visting it announced that "Clon McDonalds" was very old. I suppose that in a way the monastic were the powerful multi-nationals of their day.

    Many visitors (especially children) like to explore a particular entrance door with grooves around the arch. You can stand a few feet away from someone else and talk in a whisper - and the other person will hear it as clear as a bell.

    Five Euro to get in.

    My arches have fallen again !
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    Clonmacnoise- Find the Tailor!

    by Buckz Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    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.

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    Clonmacnoise

    by ultchuk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This ancient monastic site is situated on the east side of the river Shannon. It's near Athlone. It dates back to the 6th century AD. At the time it was also the burial place of ancient kings. It has been raided many times and in the 16th century reduced to ruin. Nowadays it's one of the most famous visitor's centres. It has some of the most beautiful surviving High Crosses of Ireland.

    Clonmacnoise from up in the air

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    Ancient crossroads

    by donpaul77 Updated Mar 11, 2010

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    Clonmacnoise is the preserved ruin of a monastic settlement dating back 1500 years. It was built at the crossroads of major river and road travel. It was a center of trade, learning and burial place of many kings. It was subject to many attacks from Vikings, Normans, and Irish. Today it is a site of great historical importance, with the remains of a variety of structures that were built at different times of the site's existence.

    There is an imformative museum on the premisses, as well as precariously crumling norman castle nearby. It's location along the river Shannon is lovely.

    It is certainly worth going out of your way in order to learn so much about critical Irish history in this beautiful setting.

    Mass is still given here on special occassions.

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    Co. Offaly - Clonmacnoise

    by Krumel Written Jan 30, 2003

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    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.

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    Clonmacnoise

    by tini58de Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    This monastery was my favourite sight in what we saw in Ireland! It is a huge area with the ruins of a couple of churches, a round tower and many many high crosses and crosses. They have a little museum there, a video show and of course the actual outside sightseeing. How fascinating!! We sat there for almost 2 hours and just let this atmosphere sink in! Awesome!

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    Clonmacnoise

    by ChristaV Updated Oct 12, 2010

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    It was a fantastic experience for me to visit this site. It is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran on the banks of the river Shannon. We watched a short move about the site before entering it and it was well worth seeing it, gives you a good idea of what to expect and what the background to the site was. On the site you can visit the ruins of the cathedral, seven churches, round towers and three high crosses. It also houses the largest selection of graveslabs for Early Christiandom.

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    Ruins & gravestones

    by jo104 Updated Apr 13, 2010

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    The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years.

    St. Ciaran, the son of an Ulsterman who had settled in Connaught, chose the site in 545 AD because of its ideal location at the junction of river and road travel in Celtic Ireland. The location borders the three provinces of Connaught, Munster and Leinster.

    The monastery is on the east side of the River Shannon, in what was then the Kingdom of Meath, but occupying a position so central it was the burial-place of many of the kings of Connaught as well as those of Tara.

    Saint Ciaran was educated by St. Diarmuid of Clonard and St. Finian - tutor of the ancient Saints of Ireland. After this he established his own monastery in Clonmacnois with St. Enda on the island of Inís Mór off the coast of Galway. Here, under the tutelage of the strict disciplinarian Enda, he learned Sacred Studies, Prayer and labour.

    Just a cool place to go to see some really old ruins

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    Ancient monastic site

    by illudiumqh36 Written Feb 8, 2005

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    In the classic Irish countryside on the Shannon river there is the monastic site of Clonmacnoise founded in 548-549.
    There are a lot of ruins of churches, buildings and many funeral piece of art as tombstones and giant crosses.
    In the museum are a lot of informations about the monastic life in the site. A multilanguage 20 minutes movie shows you the monastic history of Clonmacnoise and its founder and of the whole Ireland.

    The tower and the Shannon river

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    WHISPERING DOOR

    by hevbell Updated Dec 12, 2003

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    The gothic style entrance to the cathedral is known as the Whispering Door as a whisper carries from one side of it to the other. Its believed that this enabled lepers to give confession without the priests having to get too close to them. The carvings on the doorway are of St Francis, St Patrick and St Dominic.

    the Whispering Door

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    CLONMACNOISE

    by hevbell Updated Dec 12, 2003

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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

    Temple finghins Round Tower

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    ROUND TOWERS

    by hevbell Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    O'Rourke'sTower at Clonmacnoise, named after the high king of Connaught, Fergal O'Rourke. Its believed the top of the tower was blown apart by lightening. Many monasteries in Ireland built these towers, as lookout points, in the times of the Viking invasions. The monks had gained wealth during quieter spells in the country's history and therefore wanted to protect that from the raiding Vikings.

    O'Rourke's Tower

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    Clonmacnoise or the beginning of catholicism in Ir

    by Helena1962 Written May 25, 2005

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    This point was the most important crossroad of Ireland for many centuries: The Shannon was the Main "road" from south to north and here layed the route east-west. So in the middle of the 6th century, St Ciaran founded here a cloister, that in the next centuries turned to be the most important center of religion and culture. During the middle age, many monks from all around Europe came to Clonmacnoise to study and learn about art and literature.
    Many kings were here buried.

    Clonmacnoise High Cross

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