Clones History

Clones History

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Clones or 'Cluain Eois' – the meadow of Eois, is one of the oldest continuous settlements in County Monaghan. It developed around a monastery founded by St. Tiarnach in the 6th century and the town boasts a rich historic fabric which illustrates the town's evolution. St Tiarnach's tomb is marked by a unique stone sarcophagus dating from the early 13th century and is located close to the Round Tower. The Round Tower dates from the 10th Century. The ancient High Cross that stands on the Diamond belonged to his monastery. The abbey built by Tiarnach was attacked by both Vikings and Normans and after one terrible assault in the 12th century it, and the town, were destroyed. From the ashes a new St. Peter and Paul's Abbey was built, known to locals as 'The Wee Abbey'. The Normans, devout Christians themselves, fought a running war with the Irish chieftains who had ruled this area. They built a fort at the highest point of the town and it became one of the finest Motte and Bailey type fortifications in the country. Long after the Norman influence faded, a new wave of settlers arrived to create their own legacy.

That is just a taste of the story of Clones. To discover more, come and join us on our Town Trail which takes in key heritage sites and buildings of wider social and cultural interest. More detailed information on each site is available at the site itself.

The Trail follows a 3.5km route around the town and is self-guided, however, there historical commentary videos at most of heritage trail locations that can be used with your Smartphone

Click here View Heritage Trail Video Previews

Click here to download the Heritage Trail Map

George Knight - Vanishing Ireland

29 Jul 2021 Clones Town

We are proud to Share George's Spotify interview. Recorded by Turtle Bunbury, A great listen for all! 

CLONES Heritage & Economic Plan

09 Jul 2021 Clones Town

While the amazing history and built heritage of Clones is something that we all appreciate, it is fair to say that we may....

Virtual Heritage Trail Active

04 Jun 2021 Clones Town

Today the QR Codes for our Heritage Trail instant videos were added to the 18 Sites heritage sites around Clones.

Shop local

25 Nov 2020 Clones Town

Irish people are the biggest international online shoppers in the world and 84% of this revenue is spent overseas. With little choice. . . 

Clones Heritage and Economic Plan

02 Oct 2020 Clones Town

These presentation panels explain the findings of the process so far and a series of Draft Projects that are currently proposed.

Northern Standard. Sat. Sept 4,1920.

02 Sep 2020 History

“On Tuesday night a raid by disguised and armed men on the premises of Mr. John Beresford Madden, and his sister,...

A Clones Staycation in 1950

18 Aug 2020 History

Clones Visited. Historic Town of Religion and Tradition. (By Bridie M. Smith-Brady.) Anglo Celt. August 12, 1950.

Clones Town Community & Tourist Things to do
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