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Museum in Clonmacnoise

Visitor Centre

Three connected conical huts, echoing the design of early monastic dwellings, house the Visitor Centre museum. A 20-minute audiovisual show provides an excellent introduction to the historic Clonmacnoise site.The ex…
Ruins in Clonmacnoise

Cathedral

The largest building at Clonmacnoise, the cathedral was originally built in AD 909, but was significantly altered and remodelled over the centuries. Its most interesting feature is the intricate 15th-century Gothic …
Church in Clonmacnoise

Temple Ciaran

The small churches at Clonmacnoise are called temples, a derivation of the Irish word teampall (church). Tiny Temple Ciaran is reputed to be the burial place of St Ciarán, the site's founder. The floor level in Temp…
Tower in Clonmacnoise

O'Rourke's Tower

Overlooking the River Shannon is the 19.3m-high O'Rourke's Tower. Lightning blasted the top off the tower in 1135, but the remaining structure was used for another 400 years. Some say that the stones that came down …
Historic Site in Clonmacnoise

Nun's Church

Beyond the site's boundary wall, about 500m east through the modern graveyard and on the way to the Mongan Bog, is the secluded Nun's Church with wonderful Romanesque arches and minute carvings; one has been interpr…
Church in Clonmacnoise

Temple Finghin & Tower

Temple Finghin and its round tower are on the northern boundary of the Clonmacnoise monastic site, overlooking the River Shannon. The building dates from around 1160 and has some fine Romanesque carvings. The herrin…
Ruins in Clonmacnoise

Castle Ruins

To the west of the site, on the ridge near the car park, is a motte with the oddly shaped ruins of a 13th-century castle – also known as Clonmacnoise Castle – built by John de Grey, bishop of Norwich, to watch over …
Church in Clonmacnoise

Temple Connor

Temple Connor originally dates from the 11th century but has many later features, including a quite modern roof; services are still held here. As it has been much restored, it's the most complete church at the site.
Church in Clonmacnoise

Temple Hurpan

The remains of a 18th-century temple that is the larger stylistic twin of nearby Temple Doolin.
Church in Clonmacnoise

Temple Doolin

The remains of an 11th-century temple that is similar to nearby Temple Hurpan.