CLONMACNOISE CO OFFALY (COL)
(Acrylic painting) The monastery of Clonmacnoise (Cluain Mhic NÃ³is in Irish, meaning "Meadow of the Sons of NÃ³s", or perhaps, albeit less likely, Cluain Muccu NÃ³is "Meadow of the Pigs of NÃ³s") is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. CiarÃ¡n, a young man from Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. (Not to be confused or conflated with St. CiarÃ¡n of Saigir, patron of Osraige.) Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht.