Saint Ciarán Feast Day September 9th
St Ciarán, though he died at the young age of 33, was the founder of the great monastery of Clonmacnoise, which has been a place of prayer and pilgrimage from the 6th century to the present day.
‘In a quiet watered land, a land of roses, stands St Kieran’s city fair’. T.W Roleston.
Today’s ruined churches, splendid round towers, sculptured high crosses and many grave slabs give an indication of the former importance of the monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise as a centre of piety, scholarship, artistic endeavour and craftsmanship.