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  • 1 Clonmacnoise Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Main St. IRL - Shannonbridge

    Founded in 545 by St Kieran in the heart of Ireland, this monastery was also the burial place of the Kings of Connaught and Tara. As its renown grew, it was plundered with increasing regularity and finally reduced to ruin in 1552 by English troops fr..

  • 2 Demesne Castle Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N 52 IRL - Birr

    These ornamental gardens (40 ha) contain over 1 000 tree and shrub species. The 4th baronet developed the grounds by creating a lake out of marshland and planting numerous trees. However, it was the 6th earl who turned the estate into one of the worl..

  • 3 The Big Telescope Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    N 52 IRL - Birr

    In 1840, the 3rd Earl of Rosse ordered that the «Leviathan of Parsonstown», the most powerful telescope at that time, be set up here. Its lens (183 cm) was cast in a furnace, which was specially installed at the top of the feudal mound and fired with..

  • 4 Slieve Bloom Mountains Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 440 IRL - Birr

    In contrast to the unremarkable scenery of central Ireland, these mountains rise among the peat bogs. Planted with pine and spruce, their highest point is the summet of Arderin (527m). They and their fine views are best discovered on foot along the S..

  • 5 Galleries of Discovery

    Museums and art

    Roscrea Road IRL - Birr

    The exhibition in the stable courtyard commemorates the outstanding achievements of the Parsons family, including the construction of the first wrought iron suspension bridge in Ireland by the 2nd Earl of Rosse, the Leviathan, the first steam turbine..

  • 6 City Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oxmantown Mall IRL - Birr

    Oxmantown Mall leads from the gates of the castle, between two rows of elegant Georgian houses with an avenue of mature trees, to the Anglican church of St Brendan (19C). Built in 1899, Oxmantown Hall is decorated with sculptured wooden gables and he..

  • 7 Heritage Center

    Museums and art

    IRL - Birr

    The museum, which retraces the town's history, is located in a former school built in 1833. It is modelled on a Greek temple, according to a design by Bernard Mullins and is flanked by the stone of Birr, an enormous limestone rock, probably once part..

  • 8 Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IRL - Cloghan

    This fortified house was built in 1336 by Eoghan O'Madden and extended by supporters of Cromwell. Cloghan Castle stands on the north bank of the Little Brosna River, on the site of a 7C monastery, founded by Saint Cronan. A spiral staircase, set into..

  • 9 Engraved stelae of Gallen

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 437 IRL - Ferbane

    Near the Brosna, the ruins of a 13C church contain a group of early Christian grave slabs from the 8C - 11C. The church was built on the site of a 5C monastery. Most of the grave slabs are atached to the rebuilt Western gable.

  • 10 City centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St-Brigid's Pl. IRL - Tullamore

    Bury or Whitehall Bridge, spanning the entrance to the canal basin, is the last canal-bridge to survive unaltered. The former warehouses have been demolished but the harbour master's house still stands at the corner of St. Brigitte's Place. The Catho..

  • 11 Charleville Forest Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 52 IRL - Tullamore

    The castle, designed by Francis Johnston in 1798, is a fine example of a grey limestone neo-Gothic building. The gallery upstairs spans the full length of the garden. It is decorated with elegant stuccoes and original fireplaces.

  • 12 Durrow Cross

    Religious buildings

    N 52 IRL - Tullamore

    This 10C cross has several interesting carvings. On the east side, the Sacrifice of Isaac and Christ in Glory, flanked by David carrying his harp (left) and David killing the lion (right). On the other side, the Crucifixion and events associated with..

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