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In the town centre called ‘The Diamond’ there is an old stone carved cross and in the graveyard is also the remains of a tower.
Clones is famous for being the home of the boxer Barry McGuigan and also Clones crochet lace.
The area is part of the Border, Midlands and Western region, earmarked for economic development by the Irish government due to its currently below average economic situation.
The town was particularly badly hit economically by the partition of Ireland in 1921 because of its location on the border with County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland which deprived it of access to a large part of its economic hinterland, now situated on the other side of the border.
The town had a population of 2,889 (including the rural area) at the 2006 census.
The town’s name in Irish, Cluain Eois, means ‘Eos’s meadow’.
However it is also said that the ancient name was Cluan Innis, “the Island of Retreat,” it having formerly been nearly surrounded by water.
Author Patrick Mc Cabe is from the country; his novel The Butcher Boy is set in a thinly-disguised version of Clones.
Parts of Neil Jordans 1997 film adaptation of the book were filmed in the town.
McCabe is honorary patron of the Clones Film Festival, which takes place annually on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
The event was launched in 2001 and is steadily growing to be the biggest event of its type in the area.
Organized by LMB Entertainments, the festival was artistically directed by Larry and Gilly Fogg in 2001.
Since then, the festival has been artistically directed by Thomas Zechner and Harry Cleary, who have chosen programmes that are as diverse as they have been entertaining.
2008′s festival was artistically directed by James Sheerin, Stephen Mc Kenna and Thomas ZechneWriter and playwright Eugene Mc Cabe also comes from the town and is known for his television dramas, including Victims, and novels.
Clones is now well known in Ireland as being the location of the largest GAA stadium in Ulster stadium, St Tiernachs Park.
This stadium is regularly used for inter-county matches during the Ulster provincial championship in Gaelic football, and traditionally hosts the final.
The summer football season is therefore a major source of revenue for businesses in the town.
There is a good diverse range of accommodation and restaurants in the town and a variety of character pubs.