Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle (Irish Translation: Caisleán na Cathrach) is one of the largest castles in Ireland and sited on an island in the River Suir. It was built by Conor O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, in 1142. The castle is situated near Cahir Town Centre, South Tipperary and offers guides tours and audiovisual shows in multiple languages. Cahir Castle was built in the 13th Century on a site of an earlier native fortification called a cathair (stone fort) which gave its name to the place. The castle was built in two, with the side by the street being built 200 years before the castle side which now houses the audio viual show. Ownership was granted to the powerful Butler family in the late 14th Century; the castle was enlarged and remodelled between the 15th and 17th Centuries. It fell into ruin in the late 18th Century and was partially restored in the 1840s. The Great Hall was partly rebuilt in the 1840s.

Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

The people of Cloughjordan take a great pride in the opening of the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre, located 8km from Moneygall. The wonderful display of local heritage and MacDonagh Family memorabilia is managed by a fantastic team of volunteers. Born in Cloughjordan in 1878 – Thomas MacDonagh was one of the seven singatories of the Irish Proclamation and was executed by firing squad for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising. Thomas was married to Muriel Guifford and father to Donagh and Bairbre. During his short life, Thomas published collections of his poems, plays and literary works. Cloughjordan holds an annual weekend at the beginning of May honouring the patriot, poet, playwright, gaeilgeoir, educationalist and family man. The Thomas MacDonagh Weekend includes a day long Summer School which highlights MacDonaghs life and aspects of Irish heritage. The centre is grateful to the MacDonagh family for donating archival material for display in a permanent exhibition.  

Famine Warhouse 1848

The Warhouse was the scene of the 1848 Rebellion during The Great Famine. The house displays exhibits of the Famine and mass emigration, the rebellion, high season trials and penal exile of the Young Ireland leaders in Australia and their escapes to the U.S.A. The Famine Warhouse was besieged by rebels under the leadership of the Protestant aristocrat, William Smith O’Brien, M.P in retaliation to 47 police who had barricaded themselves into the McCormack farmhouse taking five children hostage. The Famine Rebellion of 1848 is contextualised as part of Europe’s Year of Revolutions in France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary. Access to the ground floor for visitors with disabilities.

Cashel Folk Museum

Cashel Folk Village features historical representations of the Irish Revolutionary period from 1916-1923 and The Great Irish Famine 1845-1851. The Folk Village has a penal chapel containing religious artifacts; the original Croke Memorial that commemorates Archbishop Croke of Cashel who was a founding member of the Gaelic Athletic Association, a traditional ‘tinker’ caravan and a 19th Century ‘brougham’carriage.   Of further interest is a statue of the World War 2-era IRA leader Sean Russell (1893-1940), a replica blacksmith’s forge and information about Catholic clergyman John Lanigan (1758-1825).   A range of historical artifcats are on display including anient Irish tools; old hunting traps, old Irish dressers, an original Blueshirt, bog butter, an ancient standing stone, original Irish elk antlers (the Irish elk became extinct between 8’000 and 12’000 years ago) and much more.

Killaghy Castle

Killaghy Castle is 4* tourist board approved self-catering castle available for holiday home hire, group bookings, parties, activity weekends and more. Killaghy Castle is a sensitively restored Norman castle which dates back to 1206. Located 30 minutes from Kilkenny and 90 minutes from Dublin, Killaghy Castle's holiday accommodation is ideal for both summer holidays and winter breaks. Poetry reading takes place annually in the walled garden of the castle. Good angling, equestrian and walking facilities are available nearby. All facilities within five minute walk to village with pub, shops, fishing and more in the locality. Visit KillaghyCastle.ie for information on our wellbeing weekend breaks.

Nenagh Castle

Nenagh Castle was built by Theobald Walter (the first of the Butlers of Ormond) around 1200. To this day the cylindrical keep adorns the town and like most keeps it formed part of the perimeter of the fortress. The walls have now almost disappeared, but fragments remain. Built from limestone Nenagh Castle measures fifty-five feet in external diameter at the base and rises to a height of one hundred feet. The Castle features four storeys and thanks to a recent renovation this wonderful landmark now represents the town’s premier tourist attraction. The Castle is open for visitors from April 2014 to October 2014, Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm (last admission at 3.45pm) Free admission and free guided tours in English and Polish (length of tour: 30 - 40 minutes) Entrance to the Castle is located on O’Rahilly Street, and it can be reached via Banba Square Contact details: Nenagh Heritage Centre - +353 (0) 67 33 850 e-mail: castlenenagh@gmail.com

Nenagh Heritage Centre

The Nenagh Heritage Centre & Museum in Tipperary, Ireland is housed in a mid-19th Century building which was formerly a County Gaol Governor’s House, a Convent. This museum is a unique visit! The building is a short walk from Nenagh Town Centre. The map of Nenagh Town can be viewed by clicking on www.nenagh.ie/map.html

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park is a multi-activity 80 acre woodland park suitable for all ages. With picnic areas scattered throughout the Park, and incorporating 6km of walking trails and 3 orienteering trails. There is a Tree Top Adventure Walk high among the sycamore trees, with a climbing wall and a ‘Leap of Faith’. There are 2 lakes, one for fishing with rod hire available, the other for boating, with Canadian canoes and pedal boats for hire. At the heart of the park is the fascinating Coal Mining Exhibition, with miners telling stories of Castlecomer’s 300 year mining history. Grab a bite in the award winning Jarrow Café, and pick up a novel gift from the talented craft makers in the craft yard. PLEASE NOTE: Booking required for Tree Top Walk & Boating Activities!!
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