Clones Town Heritage Trails

Clones Town began as a monastic settlement c.500 when St. Tiernach founded his monastery there and this was the most important sites in Monaghan for centuries afterwards. The trail starts at the Old Market House and goes on to visit The High Cross, St. Tiernach’s Church, Motte & Bailey Fort, St. Tiernach’s Grave, The Cassandra Hand Centre and the Canal Stores.

You will learn about the Gaelic chiefs – the McMahons, how the town suffered during the famine and how the establishment of the Irish Free State impacted on Clones, the improvement of Clones in the 19th century, especially with the coming of the railways and the unsuccessful Ulster Canal and how there are plans to revive it.