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Shannonbridge, Offaly, Republic of Ireland
One of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise is found along the River Shannon, just 8km from the village of Shannonbridge, County Offaly. It has attracted scholars from throughout Europe and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979.
Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site near Shannonbridge, County Offaly. It was founded by St Ciaran in the mid 6th Century and over the years, it was a great centre of learning. Many manuscripts, including the 11th Century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th Century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.
Today, visitors can see three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. They will also pass through the visitor centre, which displays a number of cross-slabs and the 9th Century Cross of the Scriptures.