Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

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Welcome to the Offaly (Kings) County homepage of the Ireland Genealogy Projects (IGP).

This website provides a brief description of Offaly (Kings) County in the Republic of Ireland as well as valuable links to Offaly genealogy resources.

Brief History of County Offaly

Before the plantation of modern day Offaly by English settlers, the territories it comprises were controlled principally by the Ó Conchubhair Fáilghe clan in the North/East of the county and the Ó Céarbhaill of Ely in the south. It was named King's County after Philip, the consort of Queen Mary I, who later ruled as Philip II of Spain. It was renamed Offally (after the of Kingdom of Uí Failghe) in 1922 after the Irish War of Independence. The Mooneys ruled there.

The lost city of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly is Ireland's leading monastic site. Located on the river Shannon near Shannonbridge,it was the greatest centre of learning in Europe during the first millennium. It was regarded as the most important centre for learning, arts and crafts and christianity in Europe.

Geography of Offaly

Offaly is bordered by the counties of Galway, Roscommon, Tipperary, Laois, Westmeath, Kildare and Meath. The Slieve Bloom Mountains in the south contain the county's highest points with the rest of the county largely comprised of flat landscape with extensive bog and peatlands as well as more than 22,000 acres of forest and woodland. The Shannon, Camcor, Brosna and Silver rivers run through this county.

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