Historical Sites

Castles of County Offaly, Ireland

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise is a major tourist attraction in Ireland, dating back to the mid 6th Century, located on the eastern banks of the River Shannon. It is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciarán. 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.

Details about the Visitor’s Centre can be found here. http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/midlandseastcoast/clonmacnoise/

Birr Castle

Birr Castle is home to the Earl & Countess of Rosse and houses the world famous engineering and astronomical wonder – The Great Telescope. With over 50 hectares of magnificent parkland to explore it really is a great day out for everyone. Starting with Ireland’s Historic Science Centre in the old stable block with its café and shop; you can then visit the magnificent Formal Gardens and terraces. Check out http://www.birrcastle.com/ for more details.

Leap Haunted Castle

Leap Castle in County Offaly is considered one of the most haunted places in Europe. Ghost hunters and researchers have studied the history and experienced the presence of paranormal activity. The current owners have allowed filming and taping at the castle for television shows and videos. Leap Castle featured on Sky Living’s Most Haunted with Yvette Fielding and her team of experts.

For more information – http://www.mosthauntedireland.com/haunted-leap-castle

Moneygall – Ancestral home of US President Barack Obama

Moneygall is small village located in the centre of Ireland, on the border of North Tipperary & South Offaly once a quiet rural village it will now play host to the biggest visit to Ireland in recent years the 44th President of the United States Of America Barack Obama.

‘The Irish helped forge the very promise of America….Irish hands have signed our founding documents and fought in our wars. They’ve helped build our greatest cities. Through tragedy and triumph, despite bigotry and hostility, and against all odds, the Irish created a place for themselves in the American story.’ – President Barack Obama

Moneygall is a 40 minute drive from the Harbour Masters House.

For more information see – www.moneygall.com