County Offaly is in the eastern province of Leinster.
Clonmacnoise in Offaly is Ireland’s leading Monastic site.
Located at the river Shannon near Shannonbridge,it was the greatest center of learning in Europe during the first millennium.
The southern part of the county is occupied by the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the northwestern part is the floodplain of the River Shannon and the remainder consists of large bogs including the Bog of Allen and Boora bog.
Tullamore (County seat)
Ballinagar, Ballyboy, Banagher, Birr, Cadamstown, Clara, Cloghan, and
Bord na Mona was founded in 1946 and provided employment to hundreds of people in Offaly by making peat briquettes and supplying peat to power stations operated by the ESB.
Peat briquettes are currently made at the Bord na Mona factory at Derrinlough near Birr.
Consequently with vast reserves of peat the ESB has a number of power stations providing energy to the national grid. Today, power stations are operating at Shannonbridge and Edenderry.
Offaly has a number of train stations, these including Tullamore, Birr, Clara and Portarlington .
The M6 skirts the county to the north and the N7/M7 skirts the county to the south through Moneygall.
This provides greater access to regional cities such as Dublin, Galway and Limerick.
N52 road is a major road in Offaly connecting Birr and Tullamore.
It also connects Offaly to the M6 at Kilbeggan and the N7/M7 at Roscrea via the N62 road from Birr.
Bus Eireann provide public transport services throughout the county with regular bus services to Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Waterford from Athlone bus station.
Places of interest
Birr in the south of the county is best known for its castle and gardens.
Birr Castle is owned by the Parsons family and is best known for its 19th century telescope.
Sculpture in the Parklands around Lough Boora in Boora Bog.
Charleville Castle located in Tullamore
Ancient Christian monastic site at Clonmacnoise along with ancient examples of the Irish High Cross such as the ‘Cross of the Scriptures’, the round tower and visitors center.
Slieve Bloom Mountains with panoramic views of Counties Offaly and Laois
Banagher on the river Shannon for cruises along the river.
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