Clonmacnoise is a monastery situated near Athlone, County Offaly, on the River Shannon in the southwest of the Republic of Ireland. Early Irish monasticism was the intellectual and spiritual foundation of the highly developed medieval Irish culture. Clonmacnoise was founded by St. Cianán in 544 A.D. In the past it was associated with the kings of Connacht until the 9th century,

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