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Clonmacnoise
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,623 contributions
This is an ancient monastic site, with several building relics, in a gorgeous location just above the river Shannon. (We arrived by cruiser on the river: moorings are available.) There is little interpretation outside the 'museum', so try to join a guide or watch their video. Interesting. The pope visited whn in Ireland
Written August 3, 2022
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LotusExplorerTravels
Streamwood, IL1,202 contributions
This old monastery is located next to the River Shannon. There are cattle grazing in green fields next to the river. The museum includes a video at the beginning and then a tour guide takes you around the grounds and provides more information. They've moved the oldest crosses into one of the buildings to protect them from the elements outside. It's definitely worth the time to stop and visit.
Written February 18, 2020
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Sue J
Bath, UK58 contributions
Visited here on our way back to Dublin from Galway and it was well worth the detour. It's a beautiful and peaceful site that feels very special and with an interesting history which is well documented in the small museum and on the video. So glad we went here
Written June 7, 2022
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O'Brien G
Athlone, Ireland767 contributions
Recently we made a return visit to Clonmacnoise as a small family group. We had to book online and we were informed that there were no guided tours or visits to the Visitor Centre. However, the site was fully opened and physical distancing was very straightforward. This is an outdoor experience so dress for the weather. Be warned it can be a windy spot with the winds coming off the River Shannon but it is always beautiful.
Clonmacnoise is one of the most important and most spectacular series of monastic ruins in Ireland. Founded by St. Ciaran in 548AD it went on to become an important site which prospered until the 17th Century. The evidence for the story of Clonmacnoise is contained in the very stones themselves - from the impressive Cross of the Scriptures, which is one of the finest surviving High Crosses in Ireland to the Round Tower and the impressive range of church buildings dating from the 10th to the 17th centuries.
It is well worth going through the modern cemetery to view the beautifully restored Nuns' Chapel, which lies outside the main monastic site.
The very informative leaftlet allows you to appreciate the various features that combine to make this site so important.
Clonmacnoise is a beautiful place to visit at any time. Approaching it by water is magical - and very easy to see why St. Ciaran selected this wonderful 'Quiet watered land' as a location for his monastery.
The shop sells refreshments and a nice range of souvenirs etc.
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Written September 8, 2020
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02corvette
Marietta, GA1,228 contributions
Too bad it was raining the day we came as it made the ground soggy and the grass slippery and being on a cane, not a good combo. I did walk into as many of the churchs still standing and took pictures. There was a large tour group there and as they were German, did not follow them to hear about the different building but did buy a book about it later. The movie tells a lot about the history and why fors of the location. The musuem section was interesting with great explaintions. This is one of those places that give you a true sense of history and perserverance of people. We would come back when not raining to look around further.
This is one of those must see places in Ireland
Written January 13, 2020
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Astrid L
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Amazing site, with so much history. The visitor's center was great, even though the movie was a bit on the boring side, it was informative. (would be nice to see it updated - it was very obviously made in the late 80's/early 90's). Walking around the site, you could feel the history everywhere. Absolutely worth the visit. The original Celtic high crosses are fantastic.
Written April 25, 2022
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Sherri B
Summersville, WV187 contributions
We did a scheduled visit here in 2017 for one of my Haunted Ireland trips. It was captivating. Located on the River SHannon, this ancient site is beautiful. Dating from 545AD, the extensive remains of a cathedral, round tower, high crosses and no fewer than seven churches belie their boggy remoteness. Truth be told, Clonmacnoise was once a leading center of religion and learning in Europe. Walking around the lichen-spotted ruins today, it’s easy to imagine the scurry of monks, the scrape and scribble of artists producing everything from manuscripts to works in stone and metal. Three stars of Clonmacnoise are its splendid high crosses, now protected from the vagaries of Irish weather in the site’s excellent Interpretive Centre.
Written January 24, 2020
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Mags
64 contributions
Couples
Definitely worth the detour. Clonmacnoise is simply breathtaking. It's position along the River Shannon is magical, Inwas fortunate to see the see sun set while I was here and it was just stunning. Wander around this heritage site, take a moment and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere.
Written January 5, 2022
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Janette M
Limerick, Ireland504 contributions
Couples
On our visit restrictions have been lifted BUT social distancing meant we couldn't visit the visitors centre or had a guide. So we literally saw the historical buildings. I had wanted to do this since childhood as clonmacnoise was in all of the history books going to school. I was delighted to see it's location and preservation!! Will definitely return in better times!!
Written July 22, 2020
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Drummer3
Dublin, Ireland292 contributions
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It's free to visit up to the end of 2021 so well worth taking advantage of. It's quite amazing how detailed the carvings are from centuries ago. You have a leaflet to read the history and worth taking a photo of the map near entrance to help find the various sights if doing a self guided tour.
Written October 17, 2021
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