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Clones, Co. Monaghan

Clones (Irish:Cluain Eois - translated Eois's Meadow) –  is a small town in western County Monaghan, in the border area of Ireland. The town was particularly badly hit economically by the partition of Ireland in 1921 because of its location on the border with County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland deprived it of access to a large part of its economic hinterland, now situated on the other side of the border.

In early Christian times it was the site of a monastery founded by St Tighearnach, who died here in 548. There are some slight remains of a later abbey and a well-preserved round tower. An ancient sculptured Celtic Cross stands in the centre of the town. Clones crochet lace, once widely exported, is still made in the area and a permanent exhibition of Clones lace may be viewed at the Diamond.

Clones Film Festival takes place annually on the October bank holiday weekend. Author Patrick McCabe is from the town; his novel The Butcher Boy is set in a thinly-disguised version of Clones.  Parts of Neil Jordan's 1997 film adaptation of the book where filmed in the town. Clones was the birthplace of poet Thomas Bracken, who wrote "God Defend New Zealand", one of the national anthems of New Zealand, and is the home town of noted boxers Barry McGuigan and Kevin McBride.


Hilton Park - Garden Clones County Monaghan ireland
Hilton Park
Clones, Co. Monaghan
Once described as a “capsule of social history” in recognition of their collection of family portraits and memorabilia going back 250 years or more, Johnny and Lucy Madden’s wonderful 18th century mansion is set in beautiful cou ...
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Slieve Russell Golf Club
Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan
Course Type: Parkland
Forming part of a magnificent 300 acre estate, including 50 acres of lakes, this highly acclaimed Patrick Merrigan designed 18-hole championship course is sensitively wrapped around the lakes and the drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. Th ...
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Cavan Town Farmers Market - Co Cavan - Friday Mornings
Fridays, 10am to 2pm

Town Hall Car Park, Cavan Town, Co Cavan


Padraig McBreen

Tel: 049 437 8038 or 049 433 1029

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Enniskillen Castle Museum - Enniskillen County Fermanagh Northern Ireland
Enniskillen Castle Museum
Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Enniskillen Castle museum is located within and around the historic Enniskillen Castle and its collections reflect Fermanagh's history, culture and environment. One of the aims of the museum is to enlarge these collections so as to cover as many ...
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Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel
Cavan, Co. Cavan
This fine country estate just west of Cavan town was home to the Farnham family for 400 years, and underwent conversion and (very extensive) additions in recent years to create a luxurious country house hotel with an emphasis on well-being; and t ...
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