In order to break up the long drive between Galway and Dublin, we took a side-trip off the N6 to Clonmacnoise, a former monastery founded by Saint Ciarán in 545 AD. Considering most of the remaining structures were built sometime during the 12th and 13th centuries and that the settlement had suffered dozens of attacks by the Vikings, Anglo-Normans and English, it’s amazing that anything still stands.
I’ve been told the best way to go here is to take a boat ride up the River Shannon from Shannonbridge, but we were a bit short for time so didn’t bother and took the road up instead.
While there we kept running into this overly friendly dog. I thought it might have been a stray, but after asking some of the staff about it we found out that it was owned by someone living down the street. They didn’t seem very fond of him.