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“Absolutely stunning sacred site”
Review of Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We are so happy that we didn't miss this historical and well preserved site. The small museum is full of information and presents the history and significance of Clonmacnoise beautifully. Once you watch the video, it is time to go out and walk in the footsteps of the faithful from 546 AD.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This site is amazing to visit. It offers a beautiful panorama of the local countryside and has a number of interesting features. The interpretive centre is very good with an interesting 7min film. It is a very peaceful place and I can understand why monks of the past would have established a monestary there. If you travel to Clonmacnoise it is worth making the short trip to Shannonbridge village which has the remains of some very impressive Napoleonic fortifications. One of the main buildings is now a restaurant and serves delicious food. Local pottery is also produced in the village.

4  Thank Michael C
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

an easy day trip, simple directions, to get to a mighty impressive attraction... and in Ireland that is no mean feat...

steeped in history dating back to AD546 with excellent preserved antiquities ... beautiful scenery and amazingly well preserved ruins and buildings...

2  Thank El H
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

I have to acknowledge my daughter for insisting we stop here, as it was an "add-on" to a busy itinerary and we had to scramble to get there on our return from County Mayo to Dublin. her persistence meant that we visited a site we may otherwise have overlooked.

If you have any interest in early Celtic history, this location served as a central crossroads for East -West and North-South travel, craftsmanship and trade, a learning and religious center, and the ruins that remain give a hint of what was. The nominal admission fee gains entrance to the museum, which has extensive exhibits and a short documentary describing the site's place in Irish history, beginning in the 6th century and peaking in the 8th through 12th centuries. A highlight of this location is the Celtic High Cross, three of which are preserved inside the museum. You can bypass the museum and visit the ruins on your own, but I think you would miss several interesting exhibits/narratives.

You can easily visit this site and the museum in 2 hours. The site overlooks the Shannon River and is beautifully pastoral.

1  Thank Eric S
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The gift shop by the car park is good, the cafe at the main sit is tiny, but good, the exhibition and audio visual presentation are worth seeing, and the actual site is bigger than you expect. It was quite busy when we were there, but people don't walk far, and the perimeter was deserted (the modern canopy, the stile down to the river, and even the chapel with the service going on was in a quiet area)
It's a peaceful and serene site, though perhaps not when it is wet and windy.

Thank SilverPound
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