Clonmacnoise is an ancient monastic site in Co. Offaly founded by St. Ciarán in 544. Clonmacnoise in Irish is Cluain Mhic Nois meaning “meadow of the sons of Nos”. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe. Today the site is preserved and protected under the management of the Office of Public Works. An interpretive center and facilities for visitors have been built around the site, which is open to the public for a fee. If you love history and ruined buildings like I do then this is one site to put on your Irish Wanderlust List.
Have you been to Clonmacnoise? Would you like to visit this monastic site? If you do visit, be sure to check out the ‘Whispering Door’.