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County Offaly, Ireland

county offalyLocated in the centre of Ireland, Offaly comes from the gaelic word 'Uíbh Fhailí' - Failghe's People.

Offaly touches the Slieve Bloom mountains and the River Shannon. Clonmacnoise, one of the largest monastic sites in Ireland - founded by St Ciaran in 545 - is located in County Offaly and it is here that the last high King of Ireland, Rory O'Connor was buried.

Birr Castle holds a giant telescope which formerly was the largest in the world. County Offaly also possesses Leap Castle and Kinnitty Castle.

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