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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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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.
The hosts showed plenty of spirit early on and with Cillian Kiely faring well on Conor McDonald, Emmet Nolan was able to help Offaly into a three point lead.
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It will have been much more difficult for Tom McGlinchey to circle the wagons after Waterford's horrendous defeat to Tipperary and if Offaly can establish daylight early on, the home side's heads may well drop.
Division 2A winners Kerry led 0-9 to 0-2 after 15 minutes and threatened to rob Offaly of their Division 1B spot.
In the senior final the Cats easily disposed of Wexford, who found it so difficult themselves to get past Offaly in the semi-final.
The memory of Waterford in the Munster final now seems to be a thing of the past and lively Tipp were back to their best, albeit against an ageing Offaly side.
Darragh Clinton's long ball appeared to bounce straight into the Offaly net just after the throw in, and Westmeath looked sharp in the early stages as they added to his goal with two points from Niall O'Brien.
WATERFORD 0-21 OFFALY 1-14 MAURICE SHANAHAN hit 13 stunning points as Waterford dumped hosts Offaly out of the hurling Championship in Tullamore.
Galway entered Croke Park last Sunday for a Leinster semi-final meeting with Offaly as impressive league winners, confidently expected to pulverise a side that needed extra-time to see off the challenge of Antrim in the quarter-final, and who were on the wrong end of a 15-point drubbing by Cork in a recent challenge match.
WHEN Meath hammered Offaly to the tune of 12 points in last year's Championship it was all about revenge.