Clones Town Heritage Trail, Clones, Co. Monaghan.
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This trail takes walkers on a journey from the town’s monastic beginnings to recent plans to revive the Ulster Canal.
Clones Town began as a monastic settlement c.500, when St Tiernach founded his monastery there and this was the most important site in Monaghan for centuries afterwards.
The trail starts at the old market house and goes on to visit the high cross, St. Tiernach’s church, motte and bailey fort, St. Tiernach’s grave, The Cassandra Hand Centre and the canal stores. Walkers will learn about the Gaelic chiefs, the McMahons, how the town suffered during the famine and how the establishment of the Irish Free State effected Clones, the improvement of Clones in the 19th Century, especially with the coming of the railways and the unsuccessful Ulster Canal and how there are new plans to revive it.