Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly
Shannonbridge was heavily fortified by the British in the Napoleonic era. Some of the fortifications, including a fort that now houses a restaurant, are still visible today on the west bank of the river.
An Electricity Supply Board peat-fired power station with a capacity of 150 megawatts is located a few kilometres downriver. The peat is supplied from the Blackwater Bog peatlands, managed by Bord na Móna. The Clonmacnoise & West Offaly narrow-gauge railway, which is principally used to transport the peat to the power station, provides passenger tours of the peatlands.
Kileens Pub situated on the main street of shannonbridge has a rich background. It featured in the 1971 film Flight of the Doves which featured such Irish entertainers as songstress Dana Rosemary Scallon and Irish comedian Niall Toibin.
Shannonbridge is situated north of Clonmacnois, where St Ciaran founded a monastery here in 548 which became the most famous of all the monastic cities of Ireland. It flourished under the patronage of many kings; the last High King, Rory O' Conor, was buried here in 1198.
Course Type: Parkland
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- The Stone Cottage
- Birr - The Full Moon - Co Offaly - every 3rd Sunday
- Tullamore Country Fair - County Offaly - Saturdays
- Birr Golf Club
- Athlone Golf Club
- Glasson Hotel & Golf Club
- Mount Temple Golf Club
- Birr Castle Demesne
Apps and Books
Meals for All Seasons - The Best of Contemporary Irish Cooking (out of print, Hardback)This vintage cookbook is out of print and only available here. Georgina Campbell's outstanding a ...more...