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Towns in Offaly
Banagher Kinnitty Tullamore

Offaly, the Kings County is one of contrasting features and home of much beauty and history. It has a population of 60,000 and is the the eighteenth biggest countyy in Ireland. Offaly is situated with the river Shannon to the West and the Slieve Bloom mountains to the to the South East. Many species of rare, native plants and birds can be found at Clara bog. Offalys' bogs and wetlands are now recognised as some of the most important in Europe.

Clonmacnois became part of Offaly in 1688 and is Irelands most famous and established eclesiastical centre for scholars and scribes in the early Irish christian period. The site consists of 3 high crosses, 2 round towers, 8 churches and a museum. The last king of Ireland, Rory O'Connor is buried here. Shannonbridge, 8 miles from Clonmacnois is also worth seeing.

The main towns of Offaly are Birr, Tullamore, Edenderry and Ferbane. The Slieve Bloom mountains and environmental park provide excellent walking and rambling alternatives. Tullamore Dew whiskey heritage centre is an unmissable attraction. Birr is home to Irelands new science meuseum.

The Grand Canal is built through Offaly linking the Shannon to Dublin. There are many castles to visit including Birr Castle, Kinnity Castle, Leap Castle and Cloghan Castle. Birr and Tullamore offer summer festivals.

Neighbouring Counties
Galway | Kildare | Laois | Meath | Roscommon | Tipperary | Westmeath
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