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Welcome to Bilboa, Co. Limerick. Bilboa is situated in East Limerick about 15 miles from Limerick city and 2 miles from the town of Cappamore, it has a beautiful location at the foot of the Slieve Felim Mountains.

Bilboa graveyard has yet to be digitally surveyed on Historicgraves.com

KILCOMMON PILGRIM LOOP

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LOOPED WALKS

DESCRIPTION

Ascent: 350m/ 170m

Distance: 7km/ 2hrs, 2hr30mins

Grade: Moderate

Minimum Gear: Hiking boots, raingear, fluid and mobile phone

Services: Kilcommon, Thurles (27km)

Terrain: Minor roadways, forestry roadways, cross country.

Trailhead: Community Centre, Kilcommon, Co. Tipperary.

A-B. With your back to the Community Centre, turn left and follow the purple arrow along the roadway for 200m to reach a farm laneway on your right. Turn right and follow the laneway downhill to a sharp left bend – go straight across and continue to  follow the purple arrows along the fence to reach the Bilboa River. Cross the footbridge and follow the edge of forestry to reach the roadway. Turn left here.

B-C. After 300m turn right, cross a stile onto a forestry track and, almost immediately, turn left at a Y-junction. Follow the forestry track as it swings right, then left, and ascend to reach a left bend where it climbs a bank to exit onto a forestry road and turn right.

C-D. Follow the forestry road for 1km to reach a Y-junction where the loop veers right. . After 200m watch for a right turn which takes you through a short section of forestry and onto an old roadway. The roadway descends and takes you onto a surfaced road at a bend. A 200m detour to your right takes you to a Mass Rock – the main loop continues downhill along the road.

D-A. Descend for 200m before turning right and crossing a stile into a field. Follow the boundary downhill to exit at a gateway, turn right and immediately, turn left onto a laneway. After 100m turn right across a stream, turn left andfollow the field boundary first to the corner and then along the riverbank to reach a footbridge on your left. Cross the river, and follow an old roadway for 200m, and a field boundary uphill for 100m to reach a surfaced road. Turn right and enjoy the last 700m back to the village.

HYNAN COACH TOURS  

Hynan Coach Tours,

Bilboa, Cappamore, Co. Limerick.

CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: +353 86 2500433 / +353 61 381965

Email: mikehynancoaches@eircom.net

Web: www.mikehynancoaches.com

We are ideally situated in the hub of Irelands mid-west region, specialising in luxury coach tours, locally, nationally and internationally. Golf Tour transportation, Corporate Coach Hire and all major Sporting Events are catered for.

All services can be custom designed to our clients requirements. Collection from all major airports, Shannon Airport, Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Ferry ports, Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Port.

Our fleet caters for both large and small groups with many of our buses having wheelchair facilities. As members of the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland and Bord Fáilte our luxury coaches and cars are inspected and approved to a high standard.

A 24 hour personal service is available together with a proven track record of exceptionally high standards of fleet maintenance with constant investment programs. Mike Hynan Coach Services is fully committed to providing our customers with a professional, efficient and enjoyable travel experience.

Tours offered include:

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Cliffs of Moher/ Burren Tours
  • Galway, Connemara, Westport
  • Cork, Blarney, Midleton, Cobh, Kinsale
  • Waterford, Wexford
  • Kilkenny, Athlone
  • Dublin City Tours
  • Sligo, Donegal
  • Inishowen Peninsula, Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, Belfast

Local touring includes:

  • Hunt Museum, Limerick
  • King John’s Castle
  • Glenstal Abbey
  • Clare Glens
  • Adare
  • Bunratty Folk Park
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Cragganowen
  • Glen of Aherlow
  • Galtee Mountains
  • Sarsfield’s Ride
  • Cashel

BILBOA ATHLETICS CLUB  

Bilboa, Upper Main Street, Doon, Co. Limerick.

CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: +353 61 380315

Email: mgtomalley@eircom.net

THE BILBOA RIVER

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The Bilboa River is a tributary of the Mulkear River. It rises in the Slieve Felim Mountains in Co. Tipperary and flows in a south-westerly direction towards the Mulkear confluence in Cappamore, Co. Limerick.

The Bilboa has good stocks of brown trout and is popular among fly anglers. As a tributary of the Mulkear River, the Bilboa River forms part of the Lower Shannon SAC, designated due to the presence of lagoons and alluvial wet woodlands, Annex I habitats assigned by the EU Habitats Directive.

Within the Lower River Shannon, many EU Habitats Directive Annex II species are present, including river lamprey, brook lamprey, freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon and otter. Upstream of the survey site, along the upper reaches of the Bilboa and its tributary, the Gortnageragh River, there are areas of semi-natural broadleaf woodland dominated by native species of trees and shrubs, such as ash, hazel, oak and birch.

The survey site was located immediately downstream of Bilboa Bridge, approximately 4km east of Cappamore. Three electric-fishing passes were conducted using four bank-based electric fishing units on the 13th of August 2009 along a 38m stretch of river channel. The substrate was predominantly cobble, whilst the habitat was an even mix of riffle and glide.

The mean wetted width of the surveyed stretch was 16.3m and the mean depth was 20cm. Emergent macrophytes were scattered throughout the channel as well as mosses, liverworts and red algae. Himalayan balsam, a non-native species which is becoming an increasing threat to river bank habitats in Ireland, was also present on the river banks.

A total of five fish species were recorded in the Bilboa River site. Salmon was by far the most abundant species, followed by brown trout, European eel, stone loach and three-spined stickleback.

  • NELLIE’S COTTAGE

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 Registered with Failte Ireland.

Nellie’s Cottage, Tower Hill, Cappamore, Co. Limerick.

CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: +353 61 381127

Email: teresasheehy2@eircom.net

Nellie’s Cottage is set in peaceful rural surroundings with pleasant walks nearby – also a number of golf courses. Cappamore and Doon Villages, ideal locations for good restaurants, are within 3km. Tipperary town 20km. Well-appointed house with two bedrooms en-suite.For a real taste of country living in an area of great scenic beauty, stay at Nellies Cottage near Cappamore in County Limerick. It offers quality self-catering accommodation whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a romantic break or just a comfortable and relaxing base for touring. The interior of Nellie’s Cottage is beautifully decorated and all rooms are elegant and relaxing. The property can accommodate a party of up to six people in a twin bedroom and two double bedrooms. Along with the three bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, the cottage has a fully fitted kitchen and a cosy living area. This pretty country style cottage enjoys a rural location but is only 3km from the picturesque villages of Doon and Cappamore. Tipperary town and Limerick city are also both only 20km away. While here you can fill your days with outdoor activities like golfing, fishing or exploring the pleasant walking trails nearby. Its location is great for touring the midlands, the south and the west of Ireland, so you really can make the most of your holiday in Ireland when you stay here. Nearby attractions for you to explore include Lough Gur, King Johns Castle and Croom Mills Waterwheel and Heritage Centre.

  • CURRAGHLAHAN HOUSE

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Registered with Failte Ireland

Curraghlahan House, Cappamore, Co. Limerick.

CONTACT DETAILS

Phone: +353 62 79119

Email: david.ryan@agriculture.gov.ie

Restored farmhouse in peaceful setting in picturesque Slieve Felim mountain range. Forest walks nearby. All modern conveniences. House has 4 double bedrooms, 1 bedroom downstairs and 3 bedrooms en suite. Good touring base.

House adjusted for disabled. Shannon airport 60km. Limerick city 30km. Golf 22km. Pets welcome. Location ideally suited to allow children play with freedom. Very peaceful location away for all distractions. 

  • HAWTHORN VIEW

Registered with Failte Ireland.  

CONTACT DETAILS

Knockroe, Horse & Jockey/ Cashel Road N62, Thurles, Tipperary.

Phone: +353 504 21710

Email: noreenomahony555@gmail.com

Three star accommodation. Country Bungalow on landscaped private gardens. Car park. Peaceful surroundings. Golf club two minutes drive. Ideal touring base for Holy Cross Abbey and Rock of Cashel. 2 miles from Thurles. Convenient to hotels, restaurants & Equestrian Centre.

NEARBY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

  • KILMURRY LODGE HOTEL

Dublin Road, Castletroy, Co. Limerick.

Phone: 061 331133

  • CASTLETROY PARK HOTEL

Dublin Road, Co. Limerick. 061 335566

  • CASTLEOAKS HOTEL

Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.

Phone: 061 377666

  • TRAVEL LODGE CASTLETROY

Dublin road,  Castletroy,  Limerick.

Phone: 061 603 500

  • HAYES HOTEL; THURLES

Address: Liberty Square, Thurles, Tipperary, Republic of Ireland.

Phone: +353 504 22122

Email: hayeshotelthurles@gmail.com

Web: www.hayeshotel.com

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