Clonmacnoise, the ancient monastic site in Shannonbridge, County Offaly boasts impressive structures of Clonmacnoise Cathedral, Temple Doolin, Temple Hurpan and Temple Melaghlin.

It is a place of wonder and reflection where one travels back through time to mid-6th century Ireland when saints and scholars roamed this earth.

Founded by St Ciaran in the mid-6th century, it became a great centre of religion and learning.

Many historical manuscripts, including the 11th century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.

Today, the site exists as a preserved ruin under the management of the Office of Public Works and visitors can see three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers.

Opening Times

November-Mid March 10.00-17.30, Mid March -May 10.00-18.00, June – August 9.00-18.30;

September – October 10.00-18.00, Closed 25th/26th December.


Adult : €8.00
Group / Senior : €6.00
Child / Student : €4.00
Family : €20.00

Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours.

Telephone Number: +353 90 9674195.

The author: Nick Fitzgerald