(Acrylic painting) The monastery of Clonmacnoise  situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciaran a young man from Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. (Not to be confused or conflated with St. Ciarán of Saigir, patron of Osraige.) Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht.