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100 Stories about County Offaly

Did you know?  . . one of Ireland’s last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . . Offaly has some of the finest eskers in Europe . . . letterboxes are more political than you thought . . . the first All-Ireland Hurling Final took place in Birr . . . an ancient Pilgrims’ Road leads to Clonmacnoise . . . a railway line once ran from Clara to Banagher . . . in 1843 a 400 year old, woman’s gown was discovered in a bog near Shinrone . . . a U.S. president is descended from a Moneygall shoemaker . . . Offaly has 1,148 townlands . . . in 1447 it was illegal for Englishmen living in Ireland to wear a moustache . . . a famous bog body was discovered near Croghan Hill . . . two renowned Victorian novelists had connections with Banagher . . people have long sought cures at Father Mullen’s grave . . . Edenderry library has a sheela-na-gig on display . . . Belmont Bridge was built with walkers in mind . . . the first copyright case involved Durrow’s founding saint . . . Charleville Castle is not a true castle . . . Birr Demesne contains the world’s tallest box hedges . . . 840 years ago the Anglo-Normans started rabbit farming . . . Offaly has two pyramids?
Read these stories and more in this great new publication will be launched shortly with 100 stories about all aspects of Offaly’s heritage.  
Price €10.00.  Enquiries to heritage@offalycoco.ie