Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site near Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.

Founded by Saint Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became a great centre of religion and learning, visited by scholars from all over the world.

Many historical manuscripts, including the 11th-century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th-century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.

Today, the site exists as a preserved ruin under the management of the Office of Public Works.
Visitors can see three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches, and two round towers.
The beautifully preserved structures of Clonmacnoise Cathedral, Temple Doolin, Temple Hurpan and Temple Melaghlin will impress and leave those who visit Clonmacnoise with an authentic sense of the history of Ireland.

Location – Clonmacnoise
Photographer – Ian Hennessy Photography

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