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Clonmacnoise is an historical site in County Offaly, Ireland.

Clonmacnoise was founded sometime between 545 and 548 by Ciarán Mac a tSaor, a young man from Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. From the ninth until the eleventh century it was allied with the kings of Meath. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here.

Get in

By car

Get off just before Athlone or Ballinasloe on the M6 Dublin/Galway motorway and follow the signs.
It is north of Shannonbridge on the R444.

By boat

Clonmacnoise is directly beside the River Shannon and there is a place where you can stop your boat and walk up to it.

Get around

Walk around the site


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