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Mongan Bog - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Co. Offaly, Ireland

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About Mongan Bog

Mongan Bog is an excellent example of a midland raised bog. It is a valuable addition to the growing network of peatland reserves. The bog is believed to be 9,000 years old and has formed in a basin between two east-west trending eskers. A larger area is protected for its birdlife as a Special Protection Area: Mongan Bog SPA covers 1,843 ha and is also an Important Bird Area.

Attractions Near Mongan Bog

Clonmacnoise2.16km from Mongan Bog

This sixth century monastic site, located on the banks of the River Shannon is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers. This great monastery was founded in 548- 9 by St. Ciarán Mac a tSaor. It became a great centre of religion and learning, visited by scholars from all over the world. Many historical manuscripts, including the 11th-century Annals of Tighernach and the 12th-century Book of the Dun Cow, were written here.

Clonmacnoise Castle
Clonmacnoise Castle2.5km from Mongan Bog

Clonmacnoise is a ruined monastery situated in County Offaly in Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone, founded in 544 by Saint Ciarán, a young man from Rathcroghan, County Roscommon. The wooden castle that stood on the top of the motte at Clonmacnoise was destroyed by fire and later in 1214 the Justiciar of Ireland, Henry of London, built a stone castle on the motte.

Meehambee Dolmen
Meehambee Dolmen10.44km from Mongan Bog

The Meehambee Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb dating from about 3500 BC located in County Roscommon, Ireland. Dating back to about 3500 B.C., it will impress you with its size and picturesque setting on the edge of the forest. The capstone is estimated to weigh twenty-four tonnes. The portal stone supporting the back of the capstone has collapsed, allowing the capstone to slide backwards out of position, causing the doorstone to collapse also. The capstone now rests at a 45-degree angle.

Sean's Bar
Sean's Bar10.64km from Mongan Bog

This is a traditional Irish pub located in the heart of Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Sean's Bar has a rich history and is officially Ireland's oldest pub. It is notable for its reputed establishment in 900AD, and claim to being the oldest extant bar in both Ireland and Europe. Other architectural and archaeological records, including the Record of Monuments and Places and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, date the building to the 17th or 18th century.

Luan Gallery
Luan Gallery10.76km from Mongan Bog
Church of Saints Peter & Paul
Church of Saints Peter & Paul10.76km from Mongan Bog

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone is a Roman Catholic parish church situated in the town of Athlone, County Westmeath. The church was constructed between 1932–39, and stands on the banks of the River Shannon.It is notable for its stained glass windows, produced in the Harry Clarke workshop by Richard King.

Where is Mongan Bog

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County Offaly is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It contains approximately 9,000 hectares of forest and woodland area. This county welcomes the visitor to vast tracts of wilderness, expanses of bogland, esker hills and rivers including the majestic Shannon River and so more.