Replica North Cross

The Midlands

The original North Cross is inside the Clonmacnoise Visitor Centre.

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1. Cathedral

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The largest building at Clonmacnoise, the cathedral was originally built in AD 909, but was significantly altered and remodelled over the centuries. Its…

3. O'Rourke's Tower

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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…

4. Temple Kelly

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Only scant foundations remain of Temple Kelly, which dates from 1167.

5. Temple Connor

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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…

7. Temple Doolin

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These remains of an 11th-century temple are similar to nearby Temple Hurpan.

8. Temple Ciaran

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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…