Category: History & Heritage

Jan 28
Celtic Cross & Round Tower

Clones Town (Cluain Eois) began as a monastic settlement c. 500 when St Tiernach founded his monastery there and this was the most important site in Monaghan for centuries afterwards. The tower, cross and church all belong to this period of Clones’ history. The Round Tower is 75 feet with square headed doors and windows. […]

Jan 27
Mannan Castle

The site is reported to have been the capital of the Kingdom of Oirghialla (Oriel) and it commands a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Oriel was established here after the break-up of the kingdom of Uladh which was ruled from Eamhain Macha or Navan Fort in Armagh. This anglo-norman motte and bailey earthwork castle, […]

Jan 27
Lisanisk Crannog

County Monaghan was formed in 1585 from the five ancient baronies of Truagh, Dartrey, Monaghan, Cremorne and Farney. Farney was leased back to the McMahon family and in 1590 they moved their headquarters to their main crannóg on Lisanisk Lake. This crannóg was protected by a huge double-ditched Ringfort on adjacent high ground which appears […]