|Photos of Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly|
Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian Monastic Site which was founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century.
It is situated on the eastern bank of the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river.
The site includes the ruins of a cathedral and seven churches dating from the 10th-13th Centuries.
It also boasts two round towers, three ancient Celtic High Crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.
The round towers were used as both bell towers and for safety during Viking (Norsemen) raids.
Numerous other Celtic crosses are also to be found in this historic location.
The visitor centre has original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display.
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