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Cluain Eois
Clones is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Monaghan
106 m (348 ft)
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid Reference N802041

Clones ( 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. These are English language versions of the Irish Cluain Eois, meaning "Eos's meadow". It has about 2,500 people in the town.


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

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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.


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.


  • Birthplace of world featherweight champion boxer Barry McGuigan, 'The Clones Cyclone'.
  • Author Patrick McCabe was born here.
  • Writer and playwright Eugene McCabe
  • Clones was the birthplace of poet Thomas Bracken, who wrote "God Defend New Zealand", one of the national anthems of New Zealand.
  • General Joseph Finegan, who commanded the Confederate Army to victory at the 1864 Battle of Olustee in Florida during the American Civil War, was born at Clones on 17 November 1814.
  • Birthplace of John Joseph Lynch (1816–1888), first Archbishop of Toronto (1860–1888).
  • Burial place of Roger Boyle, at the church.
  • Birthplace of John George Bowes, Mayor of Toronto (1851–1853).
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