"Ruins & gravestones" Clonmacnoise Monastery Tip by jo104

Clonmacnoise Monastery, Ireland: 22 reviews and 40 photos


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

Address: Shannonbridge, in County Offaly
Directions: Located about midway between Galway and Dublin, just south of the main road N6 between those two cities. Just south of the town called Athlone.
Phone: +353 905 74195
Website: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlandseastcoast/Clonmacnoise/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2010
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