This B&B was handy to Clonmacnoise and was open in early Jan so we nabbed it. On entering it smelled heavily of smoke so we expected the worst. But the smell did not invade the halls, rooms or breakfast area.
Brian loaned us his book about Clonmacnoise so we made a quick late afternoon run up to it. The Shannon was high (lapping the stone walls around Clonmacnoise) and the dark came early at this time of year and it was raining. But what a place! And it turned out Brian had written this book himself, get one from him or at the visitor center.
We planned to picnic in the room, seemingly not much happening in Shannonbridge at this time. But Brian said we needed to walk down to Killeen's Pub. We learned that one really needs to follow Brian's suggestions!
What a place, Brian says you cannot really describe it to tourists and he is right. Not a polished, citified place but a real place with real folks to talk too. By a wonderful fire. Trad music many nights. And Derry was the local historian behind the bar who, along with Brian, directed us to other places we needed to visit, and told us where to stop for the key to Clonfert Cathedral.
Do what Brian says, follow his directions! Great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a visit to Ely House located in the riverside village of Shannonbridge with its waterside marina, traditional pubs and award winning Old Fort Restaurant. Brian and Dympna O'Carroll at Ely House offer you a warm welcome and offer guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TVs, Wifi and tea/coffee facilities. Close to the lost monastic city of Clonmacnoise, Ely House is an ideal central location for exploring Ireland. Ely house is eco friendly with sustainable energy heating and hot water. Activities such as fishing, golfing and boating are at your doorstep and we are only 20 mins from Athlone, Birr, Ballinasloe and Tullamore. ... more less
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