I put the tour of Clonmacnoise in the Galway section because, although it is about one third of the way across Ireland towards Dublin, it still is a reasonable day trip if you are in Galway. It's got all the celtic irish stuff you'd want at a tourist site. The high crosses, the ancient monestary and tales of invaders, suffering, etc... There are guided tours, a display center and a coffee shop. The Clonmacnoise monestary buildings were getting some major renovation work done in 2004.

These photos were taken in 2004.