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Info about County Offaly, Ireland
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Introduction
Offaly has very dramatic scenery in different areas in the county. Bogland, made up of the Bog of Allen and Boora Bog, sweeps through the heart of the county. The Slieve Bloom Mountains lie along the south of the county, while the northwestern part is the floodplain of the River Shannon. It is also renowned for its haunted castles.

Top Things to See and Do
Clonmacnoise monastic site along with ancient Irish High Crosses such as the 'Cross of the Scriptures', the round tower and visitors center. The ruins of Clonmacnoise Castle is located near the monastery.

A trip on the narrow gauge Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway in Blackwater Bog depicts the dusty brown bogland around the county. Turf and the peat industry play a very important role in supporting the local workforce and the Irish economy in general.

Birr in the south of the county is best known for its castle, gardens and telescope. The castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland.

Sculpture in the Parklands around Lough Boora in Boora Bog.

Bog of Allen

Clara Bog is one of the few raised bogs left in Ireland and recently failed to make the UNESCO list as a heritage site. It was used by local people for many years to get turf.

Charleville Castle, Leap Castle and Clonony Castle are all haunted castles with some dark past.

Durrow Abbey is famous for the Book of Durrow and the High Cross.

Kinnitty Castle is a Gothic revival castle near Birr.

Slieve Bloom Mountains

Banagher is a good stop-off point if you are cruising along the river. There are many old houses on the main street of the town. Charlotte and Emily Bronte spent several years here in their youth while Charlotte returned here for her honeymoon. Anthony Trollope spent some time in Banagher while finishing his first novel.

Shannonbridge has a fortress which was built to protect the inland of Ireland from a Napoleonic invasion.

Cloghan Castle

The ruins of Blundell castle in Edenderry. The Grand Canal wasn't intended to pass into Edenderry but Lord Blundell insured that it was diverted to Edenderry. That's why it ends at a wall in the town instead of continuing on.

Offaly is a great place to watch club hurling and Gaelic football. The county is one the smallest and few counties to win All-Irelands in both senior football and hurling. What is more incredible is that hurling and football is divided in the county. The north and east are more footballing areas while the south and west are predominantly hurling. The Faithful County are known for battling to the very end and grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat. Among the most successful Offaly club hurling teams in the country are Birr, St. Rynaghs, Coolderry and Tullamore, with Rhode, Walsh Island, Ferbane and Edenderry being successful in football.



Festivals
Bealtaine Festival - May
Offaly Fleadh Cheoil - early May
Phoenix Festival - early-mid May

Birr Vintage Week - mid August


Links
www.offaly.ie
www.countyoffaly.com
www.offalyindependent.ie/
www.offalyexpress.ie
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/clonmacnoise
www.birrcastle.com/
www.birrnet.com/
www.charlevillecastle.ie/
www.kinnittycastle.com
www.ipcc.ie/bogofallenvisitorguide.html
www.slievebloom.ie/
www.cloghancastle.com/
offaly.iwai.ie/
www.mosthauntedireland.com/haunted-leap-castle
www.edenderrytown.com/
www.coillteoutdoors.ie/index.php?id=53&rec_site=30&no_cache=1
irishantiquities.bravehost.com/offaly/durrow/durrow_abbey.html
www.loughbooraparklands.com/
www.bnm.ie/corporate/index.jsp?&1nID=93&2nID=97&pID=97&nID=357
offaly.gaa.ie/
www.clubgaa.ie/offaly/index.htm


Neighbor regions/States: Westmeath, Laois, Kildare, Longford, Roscommon, Galway, Tipperary, Clare

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Edited by: derick on 20.07.2010 derick on 19.07.2010 derick on 19.05.2010 derick on 16.05.2010 derick on 14.05.2010
Last postings about County Offaly Ireland from other users
 
zverux wrote:

I love to visit/show the places that usualy you won't see if you come as a 'simple' tourist :) Tullamore's Dew Museum and Charleville Castle are lovely places to visit :)


mariosa wrote:

It has to be said that the midlands in ireland are mainly used for farming and agrigculture therefore not the most amazing sights and activities that the country has to offer. However Charleville castle and the heritage centre in Tullamore are well worth checking out. Charleville castle also host a huge array of festivals throughout the year worth checking out. http://www.charlevillecastle.com/



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