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Getting there & away

Clonmacnoise is 7km northeast of Shannonbridge on the R444 and about 24km south of Athlone in County Westmeath. By car you can explore this interesting and evocative area at leisure.

Paddy Kavanagh (087-240 7706; pkmail@eircom.net) in Athlone runs private tours to Clonmacnoise and the Clonmacnoise & West Offaly Railway bog tour. Prices are subject to variation depending on the number of people and how long you want to be at the site.

There are river cruises to Clonmacnoise from Athlone in County Westmeath.

A taxi (090-647 4400) from Athlone will cost roughly €50, including an hour’s wait.