Offaly

Contae Uibh Fhaili in Irish, County Offaly is part of the Midlands Region and located in Leinster.  It is situated
in the centre of Ireland and is nestled between the Shannon River to the West and to the East are the
Slieve Bloom Mountains.

County Offaly is traversed by the Grand Canal which flows from Dublin to the Shannon Harbour.

County Offaly is also the location of the earliest evidence of human settlement in Ireland and the settlement
is located at Boora bog, which dates back to the Mesolithic era.

Offaly, comprises largely of a flat landscape.  It is probably best known for it’s extensive bogs and peatlands.  
Some of the many large bogs include - The Bog of Allen, Clara bog, Boora bog and Raheenmore bog.

Some places of interest include:

Clonmacnoise

One of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland, Clonmacnoise is located along the River Shannon, which is
just 8km  from the village of Shannonbridge, County Offaly. It has attracted scholars from throughout Europe and
was also visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979.

Birr Castle Demesne and Historic Science Centre

The great telescope constructed at Birr Castle in the 1840's, the largest in the world for seventy years.  It is now
fully restored and looks and moves just as it did one hundred and fifty years ago.

Larry’s Old Time Village

Set on the lands of Fadden Castle, this beautifully crafted model village depicts Ireland from the early 1900's up
to the 1950. It incorporates 12 thatched cottages, a pub and 60 figurines inclusive of both people and animals.

Charleville Castle

Charleville is Ireland's finest gothic revival castle. It is widely considered to be Francis Johnston's masterpiece.  
The castle was built between 1798 and 1810.  He also designed the G.P.O in Dublin. The castle was built between
1798 and 1810.

Cloghan Castle

Cloghan Castle is one of the few medieval castles which is both lived in and also offers open access to groups
( minimum of 10 people ). Bounded by the rivers Shannon and Little Brosna, it was originally a medieval O'Madden
stronghold.


Tullamore in Irish: Tulach Mhor meaning “great mound”, is the largest town in Offaly. As well as this, it is the most
central town in Ireland.  It is just 12 km south off the M6 motorway, halfway between Dublin and Galway.   
Tullamore town is linked with the main cities through it’s telecommunication, rail and road networks.

Tullamore is a beautiful town, that was planned in classical style early in the 19th century, It is a great centre for
boating  and enjoying golf and all sorts of country pursuits such as walking, golf and visiting old and distinguished
buildings and parkland.

Some places of interest include:  Charleville Castle

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