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User / Michael Locke / Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnoise Monastery est.548 A.D.
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On the road to Dublin, we made a stopover at Conmacnoise one of the most important monastic sites in all Ireland, founded by St. Ciarán in 544 A.D.

Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship, and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. From the ninth until the eleventh century it was allied with the kings of Meath. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here.

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  • Taken: Jun 7, 2015
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  • Updated: Mar 29, 2022