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St. Cronans Parish Centre
Abbey Street
Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
T: +353 505 31835
E: rosrc@eircom.net
W: http://www.stcronanscluster.ie

Roscrea, one of the oldest towns in Ireland, was founded by St. Cronan some 1400 years ago as a monastic settlement on one of the five great roads of ancient Ireland, the Slighe Dhala, the road of the assemblies. His original monastery was at Sean Ross, one mile east of the town. This was abandoned in favour of a more accessible site on the main highway and so grew St. Cronan's monastic city and the town of Roscrea. The baptismal font now in the grounds of St. Cronan's Church is from the old monastic site of Monaincha, near Roscrea. In medieval times, the pattern of Monaincha was one of the most important in Ireland, rivalling those of Glendalough, Lough Derg and Croagh Patrick. The site became known internationally as the Isle of the Living.

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