County Offaly

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County Offaly, with its castles, abbeys, and heritage centres, lies near the centre of Ireland. There are numerous places of historical interest throughout the county, including one of the most important early monastic sites in Ireland - Clonmacnoise. 

The heathery Slieve Bloom Mountains, in the south-east of Offaly, are ideal for walking and hiking, boasting open moors and hidden valleys just waiting to be explored. The River Shannon separates Offaly from Galway and Roscommon in the west of the county.

Tullamore, the principal town of County Offally, is home to the famous Tullamore Dew and Irish Mist whiskeys. It is the setting for Charleville Forest castle, an unusually eye-catching gothic structure.

Offaly's most attractive town is Birr, a small Georgian town that retains much of its original character. Birr Castle and its one hundred acre demesne is an excellent example of early 17th century architecture.