Clones

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Clones
Cluain Eois
Town
Clones is located in Ireland
Clones
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°10′59″N 7°14′01″W / 54.183°N 7.2337°W / 54.183; -7.2337Coordinates: 54°10′59″N 7°14′01″W / 54.183°N 7.2337°W / 54.183; -7.2337
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Monaghan
Elevation 71 m (233 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Urban 2,500
 • Rural 321
Irish Grid Reference H500257

Clones (/ˈklnɨs/ KLOH-nis; from Irish: Cluain Eois) is a small town in western County Monaghan, Ireland. The area is part of the Border Region with Northern Ireland. Historically Clones was also spelt Clonis, Clonish and Clownish.[2] These are English language versions of the Irish Cluain Eois, meaning "Eos's meadow". It has about 2,500 people in the town.

History[change | change source]

An abbey was built at Clones by Tigernach (also known as Tierney in English). It was built in the early 6th century. It was dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. The ruins of a 12th-century abbey building can still be found in the town. There is also a sarcophagus. They say it was built for Saint Tighearnach after he died. Clones also has a 9th-century round tower and high cross.

Ulster Canal restoration[change | change source]

Clones Round Tower

The national inland waterways agency, Waterways Ireland, is planning to restore the Ulster Canal from the Newtownbutler area of Lough Erne to Clones.

Sport[change | change source]

Clones has a GAA stadium, St Tiernach's Park. This stadium is regularly used for inter-county matches during the Ulster provincial championship in Gaelic football, and traditionally hosts the final.

People[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Never alone when a clone". Clones Town. 2013-02-27. http://www.clonestown.com/. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  2. Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)

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