From Ireland With Love | Clonmacnoise Photo Essay

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’.

Marteen x

Discover one of Ireland's ancient monastic sites with my Clonmacnoise Photo Essay.

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  1. Chantell

    I like the sound of this ‘Whispering Door’. Is there some kind of legend or story behind it’s name, This historical place looks very beautiful and would be fun to visit.

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    • Marteen Lane

      Yes there’s a story behind the door’s name 😊 If you stand on the left hand side of the door with your ear up against it and get a friend to stand on the right hand side and whisper something into the door, you’ll actually hear what they’ve whispered as if they’re right beside you whispering into your ear. It’s quite freaky 😊

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  2. Hung Thai [Up Up and a Bear]

    Haven’t been here and actually haven’t even heard of this place until now. It looks interesting; though, I’d probably be running around trying to find all the castles before I’d visit this place.

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  3. Marie

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I really want to visit Ireland – I’ll have to add this to my list! Also, I love the whispering door – I have seen the same thing in one other place, and it was so fun to just stand on either side whispering back and forth to friends and giggling!

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    • Marteen Lane

      Oh cool! It’s amazing when you can hear what the other person is saying. It’s like they’re standing right beside you whispering in your ear 😊

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    […] Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th  -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region. […]

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