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One of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise is located along the River Shannon near the village of Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. It became a world-renowned centre for learning in the 9th century and was visited by Pope John Paul II.
Lemonaghan monastic site was founded by Manchan in the 7th Century. There is an information board on site showing church, holy well, togher and oratory and directions to Boher church to see the shrine.
From 1820 until 1850, the largest schism ever to be recorded in the Catholic Church in Ireland, it is said that over 90% of the parish moved to set up the Reformed Church of Birr, led by Father Michael Crotty. In 1839 they built the Crotty Church.
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