In the 6th century St Ciaran arrived to build a church on the banks of the mighty Shannon in the very centre of Ireland and Clonmacnoise was born in Early Christian Ireland. It began as a modest settlement but over time the huts were replaced impressive stone buildings. It became a thriving centre for learning and creativity. So much so, it was were the High King of Ireland was buried in the year 915.
Today with it’s two perfectly preserved round towers, three high crosses and large collection of early Christian grave slabs it is a ‘must-see’ part of any visit to Athlone and while exploring Ireland’s Ancient East. Why not make it that bit more special and travel down by boat? Viking Tours will take you there and back.
Athlone, Co. Offaly