Clonmacnoise

County Offaly

This county is dominated by the peat bogs which stretch from the Bog of Allen in the East to Boora Bog in the West.

Though the bogs make the area economically important they are not particularly attractive.

Only in the South, where the land rises into the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, is there any relief from the endless peat bogs.

 

However, a favourite place to visit for Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours is Clonmacnoise.

Our driver/guides enjoy it as much as our clients.

This was an important monastery in early Celtic Ireland founded in 548 by Saint Ciaran.

It was a burial site for the Kings of Connacht.

Clonmacnoise was a wealthy and successful centre.

 

Offaly was once known as Kings County.

Daingean (once known as Philipstown) was the provincial capital of the county.

Both the county and the capital were planned during the reign of Mary Tudor, Queen of England.

The capital was named after her husband – Philip the second of Spain.

 

Offaly is another interesting place to visit on tours of Ireland.

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