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Review of Clonmacnoise

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

This place was a little difficult to find and not highly identified on maps BUT it is well worth making the effort. Get there early to enjoy the site without bus-loads of tourists!!! The ruins are alongside the Shannon river and just beautiful. There is a museum for those that have a desire to learn the history-story of Clonmacnoise,

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I had been reading reviews on other peoples visits to the Clonmacnoise monastic site that prompted us to make our own pilgrimage. I think that pilgrimage is the correct description after the roads we travelled to get there from the Athlone direction were some of the worst we had encountered in a long while and apart from the poor signage particularly in county Offaly. The OPW Clonmacnoise heritage site is quite sparse in providing facilities for tourists. On the day we vised there were six tour busses parked up alongside the road and the small carpark was full so we also had to park alongside the road. The layout of the visitor centre was obviously not built to facilitate bus loads of people and neither was the small coffee shop and minimal wc facilities. I agree with the previous reviews that the video presentation is dull and would be something more suited to children rather than adults. I hadn't realised that Pope John Paul had been here, not that that matters much to us as the place is mostly ruins of churches after years of neglect together with a couple of round towers situated in the middle of a graveyard. Most of the graves however date from the 19th & 20th century, unlike the church ruins which are dated from various periods of antiquity. All in all we found the visit interesting and worthwhile in the context of matters concerning the early Irish church and before being influenced by Rome.

Thank Cavan007
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

If you are interested in Irish heritage and the early Christian period in particular ,don't miss Clonmacnoise.
You will be able to get there within an hour and a half from Dublin city center heading out on the Dublin/ Galway road
Three of the most important stone crosses in Ireland are to be found on the site. They have in fact been moved into three separate rooms in the interpretive center to save them from further weathering and corrosion. The copies which replace them look authentic with lichen growing on them.
It would be hard to imagine a more peaceful place of learning, with the beautiful green fields surrounding the monastic site which is situated on a wide band on the River Shannon. As a result of this foundation many monks travelled throughout Europe setting up other monastic foundations.
E-mail clonmacnoise@opw.ie. phone 353 90 9674273

Thank Paddy M
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I have heard very little about this monastic site. I was so glad I read about it in my tour book. It is certainly worth a visit. Make sure you get a guide to take you through the site. The video was a little dull, but covers everything you need to understand the site. Pope John Paul spoke from this site. There were supposed to be just a few people who knew about his visit, but thousands showed up. Cute story.

Thank Julie H
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This ancient site of St Ciaran's monastery should not be missed. It stands on the banks of the River Shannon in the most idyllic place. The visitor centre is excellent and very self explanatory although the video is over 20 years old the history of the place remains the same. As a previous reviewer remarked it is a pity there are no plaques outside where the monuments are. The tea rooms are excellent but the toilets are very poor. There are only 3 ladies cubicles and 1was out of order last Sunday. The queues were out the door..
Well worth a visit and bring a picnic.

Thank Gillian H
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