Culture and Heritage

Culture & Heritage

Offaly’s heritage is full of history and hidden treasures

Prepare to immerse yourself in Offaly’s richly diverse landscape with high crosses and round towers, spectacular outdoor sculptures, medieval castles, and the chance to trace your own roots if you’re feeling especially culturally curious!

Full of history and hidden treasures, Offaly’s heritage is renowned, with castles such as Birr Castle and Monastic Clonmacnoise, nominated for world heritage status.

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Leap Castle Ireland's most haunted Castle

A turbulent and bloody history, used as a fortress, home and tomb. Leap Castle is home to many fascinating and sometimes horrific spirits.
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FAN Trail

FAN Trail

The Famous & Notables of Birr – the FAN Trail - commemorates 27 remarkable people and places from this heritage town’s fascinating history; all famous (or infamous) in their day but many forgotten in this era.
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Clonony Castle

Clonony Castle

Clonony Castle, built in the 1490’s by the Coghlan Clan, was seized by Henry VIII during the war of dominion by England.
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Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

A natural wonderland the whole family can enjoy.....
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Lough Boora Discovery Park

Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, some fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures.
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Tullamore DEW Old Bonded Warehouse

You don’t have to be a whiskey drinker to enjoy a trip to the Tullamore Dew Visitors' Centre, situated on the banks of the Grand Canal, inside the same 19th century bonded warehouse where this now world-famous whiskey was first matured some 185 years ago.
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Cruising from Banagher

If you like the idea of setting your own course and choosing when and where to stop off and explore, then a cruising trip along the Shannon could be just the ticket.
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Exterior of Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

From its Grand Opening Night back in January 1889, Oxmantown Hall as it was then known, became an integral part of the social and cultural life of Birr.
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Monastic Offaly

Offaly is a sacred landscape, enriched by the folklore, history, art and architecture of our Christian past.
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President Barack Obama - the Moneygall connection

The people of Moneygall will never forget May 23rd 2011 the day the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama visited their village – his Irish ancestral home.
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Clara Bog Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre

Begin your exploration of one of Ireland's best known raised bogs by dropping into the Visitor Centre in Clara town.
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Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Explore Birr Castle’s spectacular Castle, Gardens and fascinating Science Centre
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The Kilcormac area’s history goes right to the Mesolithic era, following the discovery of the nearby Lough Boora Mesolithic site, which is dated back to 6800-6500 AD.
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