An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon.
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Clonfert Cathedral is about ten miles from Shannonbridge, and is regarded as a classic example of Irish-Romanesque architecture. Built on the site of a monastery founded by St. Brendan, the intricate sandstone carvings of the building make this well worth a visit.
The ancient abbey at Clonmacnoise is one of the most famous sites of its kind in Europe. Built by St. Kieran in about 545AD, the abbey grew in stature to become one of the great monastic cities of early Europe. There are many crosses and towers still standing at the site, and the interpretive centre draws about 100,000 visitors every year. There are exhibitions and an audio-visual show, and a tea room.
The River Suck runs deep and slow, providing excellent coarse fishing with large shoals of bream up to 8lbs 100lb bags are quite common. Rudd of up to 2lbs are also common here.
The river at Clonmacnoise has some clear banks for easy fishing, and fishes well for Bream, Roach and some Tench, although Pike can be a problem. There are some good fishing banks at Devinish Island.
The power station at Shannonbridge is an anglers Mecca. The hot water outlet gives rise to big shoals of Bream, Hybrids, Roach, Rudd and Tench.