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Offaly

(ŏf`əlē), county (1991 pop. 58,494), 771 sq mi (1,997 sq km), central Republic of Ireland. The county seat is TullamoreTullamore
, town (1991 pop. 9,430), seat of Co. Offaly, central Republic of Ireland. It is a marketing and processing center for a fertile farm area. The Book of Durrow, a copy of the Gospels, was written c.700 at nearby Durrow Abbey (founded 553 by St. Columba; torn down 12th cent.).
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. A part of the central plain of Ireland, the county is mostly flat with some sections covered by the Bog of Allen. The Slieve Bloom Mts. are on the southeastern border. The ShannonShannon,
principal river of the Republic of Ireland and longest (c.240 mi/390 km) in the British Isles. It rises near Cuilcagh Mt., NW Co. Cavan, and flows S through the Central Plain into Co. Limerick, where it turns west in a broad estuary (c.
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, the chief river, forms much of the western border. Other rivers are the Brosna and Blackwater. Agriculture is the chief occupation; cattle, pigs, and poultry are bred in considerable quantity. Grains and potatoes are grown. Among the light industries is distilling. With adjacent areas, the region formed the kingdom of Offaly in ancient Ireland. It was known as King's County until the establishment of the Irish Free State. At ClonmacnoiseClonmacnoise
, village, Co. Offaly, central Republic of Ireland, on the Shannon River. The monastery founded (548) on the site by St. Kieran became the most famous in Ireland. It survived 1,000 years of raids and invasions, until it was destroyed by the English in 1552.
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 are the ruins of one of the principal religious centers of early Ireland.

Offaly

an inland county of E central Republic of Ireland, in Leinster province: formerly an ancient kingdom, which also included parts of Tipperary, Leix, and Kildare. County town: Tullamore. Pop.: 63 663 (2002). Area: 2000 sq. km (770 sq. miles)
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It's an ongoing source of frustration for those in the hurling strongholds around the south Offaly town that the county's home games have been played in Tullamore since 2008 for a variety of reasons, amid fanciful notions of Birr being some sort of fortress in yesteryear.
But Dooley's first-half penalty, Emmet Nolan's second goal six minutes from the end and Dooley's scrambled second, means Offaly avenged defeat to their neighbour in last years' Championship.
But when it comes to Offaly hurling he's learning all the time that they like to do things a different way.
If Offaly perform and maintain their discipline, they should win well.
Neighbours Offaly and Laois are the best of enemies whenever they meet but particularly so in 2016 after Laois' shock win in the Championship last year.
In the senior final the Cats easily disposed of Wexford, who found it so difficult themselves to get past Offaly in the semi-final.
When he first appeared for Offaly in March 2007, they had competed reasonably well against Dublin in the previous year's Leinster final and had plausible aspirations of kicking on in subsequent seasons.
Offaly County Council, On Behalf Of Offaly Local Community Development Committee, Intends To Invite Submissions From Companies/Organisations With Expertise And Capability Relating To The Delivery Of The Social Inclusion And Community Activation Programme.
But while boss and former Offaly star Brady reckons they have 'four or five' players who could easily excel at county level, they've opted not to.
TIPPERARY restored the status quo with a free-scoring performance in Portlaoise last night crushing Offaly and setting their summer intentions straight, writes Paul Keane.
Tenders are invited for the delivery of a comprehensive training and development programme entitled "midlands one to two growth initiative" on behalf local enterprise office laois, longford, offaly and westmeath (midlands leos).
STEPHEN QUIRKE (right) netted twice as Offaly survived a major scare before eventually killing off Kerry to retain their Division 1B status.