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Slieve Bloom County

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Offaly is a county of scenic and historic interest with the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the south  and The Bog Of Allen in the East with its large level plains, peat bogland and excellent eskers..

'The Grand Canal' flows through Offaly and was the main access route to Dublin used for transportation as far back as the 1700's. The Grand Canal joins the River Shannon at Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. Leisure cruising can be enjoyed on the River Shannon which flows through the west of the county separating it from the neighbouring counties of Galway and Roscommon. Clonmacnois has a monastic site  dating back to 548 when St. Kieran first founded a monastery there. The site contains a cathedral, eight church ruins, two round towers, and three sculptured high cross's.





The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. St. Ciaran, the son of an Ulsterman who had settled in Connaught, chose the site in 545AD because of its ideal location at the junction of river and road travel in Celtic Ireland.


Offaly and especially the village of Moneygall welcomed the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle to President Obama's ancestral home in County Offaly in May 2011.

Banagher, Co Offaly

Offaly Festivals

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival Birr, Co Offaly

Birr is where all the action is at in Co Offaly in August it  celebrates the history and heritage of Birr. With a  wide range of family entertainment Week offers a range of entertainment from arts and crafts, displays of vintage aeroplanes, traditional craft displays, thresher displays, vintage cars, and lots more. Shannonbridge & Clonmacnoise Midsummer Music Festival held in June can be enjoyed for a wonderful host of entertainment with art classes and demonstrations, and its many music events.



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Clonmacnoise ancient monastic site overlooking the River Shannon, is an extensive site including a castle ruin, cathedral, round tower, church and high crosses, a major part of Ireland's history. Birr Castle Demesne where you can enjoy a walk around and Charleville Castle in Tullamore a fine example of Gothic revival architecture set in ancient oak woods once the haunting grounds of Ireland's druids and Kinnitty Castle located on an ancient druids ceremonial ground, and ancient history abounds, for those willing to explore.  Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre famous for its  Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Irish Mist liqueur two famous drinks, born in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

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Autumn at Birr Castle Offaly Ireland

Birr Castle Demesne and Gardens are a wonderful place to take a walk around and enjoy no matter what the season and check out Birr’s world famous engineering and astronomical wonder - the Great Telescope and the Science Centre and cafe onsite. Slieve Bloom region is an area steeped in history and folklore and this magical setting of valleys, waterfalls, raths and castles lends itself as a backdrop for this great storytelling festival, the Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival, held in October.


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