The monastery of Cluain Mhic Nóis aka Clonmacnoise (meaning "Meadow of the Sons of Nós") is situated on the River Shannon in County Offaly (just south of Athlone).
Dating from 545AD, Clonmacnoise was once a leading centre of religion and learning in Europe and boasts some of the oldest Celtic High Crosses in Ireland. (Pope John Paul II certainly thought enough of Clonmacnoise to include it in his famous visit to Ireland in 1979).
The extensive remains of a cathedral, round tower, high crosses and no fewer than seven churches can be found here along with an interpretive centre that showcases its splendid High crosses.
|Address||Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Athlone, Co. Offaly, Ireland|
|Phone||+353 90 967 4195|
|Parish(es)||Offaly St Marys Athlone (Westmeath) Tullamore (Offaly) Westmeath|
|Category (ies)||Heritage/Culture Tourist Attraction|