covers an area of 771 square miles of mountains, ancient boglands
and waterways in the Midlands of Ireland. The county's Clara
bog is one of the largest remaining intact boglands in Western
Europe and is recognised as being of international importance.
The bogland and wetlands of Offaly are home to many species
of birds and wildlife. Born Na Mona (Irish Peat Board) operate
a guided tour through the Blackwater Bog on the Clonmacnoise
and West Offaly Railway, which gives a fascinating insight into
this extraordinary landscape.
the Irish 'Uibh Fhaili' meaning Failghe's People, County Offaly
is rich in heritage and culture. The early Christian site at
Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciaran in 545 and is one of Ireland's
most important monastic settlements. The site today comprises
two round towers, a group of churches and three High Crosses.
The last High King of Ireland, Rory O'Connor is buried here.
Other monuments and historic buildings of note in County Offaly
are the Martello Tower in Bangahar, the Napoleonic Fortifications
at Lusmagh, Shannonbridge and Cloghan Castle and the splendid
Birr Castle and giant telescope. The Georgian Heritage town
of Birr is one of Ireland's most charming inland towns.
Visitors to County Offaly can also enjoy barge and cabin cruising
on the River Shannon and the Grand Canal, excellent fishing
and a range of watersports at Lough Derg. There are several
top class Golf courses in the county set in peaceful and unspoiled
surroundings. The Sleive Bloom Mountains provides walks and
trails amongst deep valley glens and across wild heather-clad
Towns in County Offaly
The county capital is Tullamore. Other townships in the county
include Birr, Edenderry and Ferbane. The population of County
Offaly is just over 59.000. Please see our town guides for further
Offaly has a strong agricultural base in the county. Dairy and
milk production, dry stock, beef, sheep and tillage are the
principle farming activities. Glenesk produces dairy foods,
organic milk and goats milk in County Offaly. The main indigenous
industries are cabinet making and furniture, manufacturing for
the building trade - concrete products and construction materials
and light and agricultural engineering. Overseas companies to
make their home in County Offaly include Kendal's Health Products
form the U.S. and the winter sportswear manufacturer - Lowe
Bord Na Mona (the Irish Peat Board) employ over 300 people at
their commercial peat plant. The EBS Power Station at Shannonbridge
is fired by local peat.
contact details for business enquiries
Offaly County Enterprise Board
Tel: (335) 0506 52971
(353) 0506 46800
(353) 0506 22850