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Ireland’s inland waterways are important parts of our transport and industrial heritage. They hold aesthetic, recreational and spiritual values, as well as important habitats for many forms of wildlife.

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