Beside this pleasant little town on the river Liffey a motte marks the traditionally believed burial place of Queen Buan who dropped dead when she learnt that her king had been slain in combat on the nearby ford. Nearby, are the ruins of a 13th century Franciscan friary founded by the Fitzgeralds. Within easy reach of Clane are:
the Church of St. Michael & All Angels, a fine example of Irish Romanesque Revival, to the design of J.F. Fuller.
Clongowes Wood, now a Jesuit College, but once the hoe of the Wogan Browne family. One of the treasures of the college is the prosperous Crozier, a 10th century shrine. In the college chapel are windows by Evie Hone and Harry Clarke, and other fine decorations. Among its pupils was James Joyce, the celebrated writer of Ulysses. In the gorunds of the college are parts of the ditch of the 15th century Pale. At Mainham, close to an Anglo-Norman motte and a ruined medieval church, is a Wogan Mausoleum. An altar tomb displaying the figures of a man and a woman, dates from the mid-18th century.
Bodestown graveyard, 1.5km west of Clane, beside the ruined church, is the burial place of the United Irishman Wolfe Tone - the attributed father figure of modern Irish Nationalism.
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