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  • Clonmacnoise

An Slí Mór and the Shannon

The Esker Riada is a natural feature of the Irish landscape. An esker is a long ridge of gravel which is left behind after a glacier has melted. The Esker Riada is particularly long. It runs from the east to the west of Ireland and divides the country into roughly two halves.

Clomacnoise was ideally located at the crossroads in the heart of Ireland. It became a great centre of learning, trade and craftsmanship and attracted pilgrims from across the land. It was also a renowned school for training scribes.

Whether you were travelling from north to south or from east to west, you were likely to pass through Clonmacnoise.