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Montpelier is a rural village and a town land in East County Limerick, Ireland, on the east bank of the River Shannon.It is connected to O’Briens Bridge across the river in County Clare by a 14-arch stone bridge. The village is famous for this stone bridge.

The first bridge was built by Turlough O’Brien in 1506. It was replaced in 1750 and has had further modifications since including a modification for the Shannon Scheme downstream in 1925-1929.

Nearby attractions include fishing on the River Shannon, attractions and activities in Killaloe including The Spirit of Killaloe an accompanied sightseeing river boat tours, the Killaloe Sailing Club and University of Limerick activity centre in Killaloe.

Montpellier (Lisheen) graveyard has been digitally surveyed and is viewable if you follow this link:  Montpellier Historic Graves, click here

WHERE TO STAY

SCAPAFLOW B&B

Scapaflow has a fantastic location for your holiday in Montpelier. It is nestled in the village of O’Brien’s Bridge just 5km from Castleconnell, 16km from Limerick City, 5kms from Killaloe  and about a 25-minute drive from Shannon where Shannon International Airport is located.

Scapaflow has a great location overlooking the beautiful River Shannon in the centre of the village, so it’s only a stroll to the bars, shops and restaurants. It has a great base if you enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, boating, golf, and horse riding, tennis, walking and water sports.

Three star Bord Failte approved for Anglers and Walkers.

Scapaflow Bed & Breakfast,

O’Briens Bridge,

Co. Clare.

Phone: 061 377 144/ 085 164 0048

O’BRIENSBRIDGE & MONTPELIER LOOP WALKS

The picturesque village of O’Briens Bridge, Co Clare nestles on the banks of the River Shannon and borders three counties namely Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. The twin village is linked to its sister village, Montpelier in Co. Limerick on the other side of the River Shannon, by a 15th Century stone bridge. These loops are part of the network of National Looped Walks.

TRAIL SUMMARY

LOOP:  O’Briens Bridge Loop Walks

TRAILHEAD:  Riverside Park, O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare

SERVICES:  O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare

DISTANCE/TIME/DIFFICULTY:

– Parteen Weir Loop (Green loop), 5km/1.5hrs

– Old Barge Loop (Red Loop), 12km/3.5hrs

– Errina Canal Loop (Blue Loop), 7km/2hrs

Combination Loop, 16km/4hrs

 DIFFICULTY: Moderate

 TERRAIN: Flat, firm terrain with mix of riverside paths and canal banks.

 TO SUIT: Medium level of fitness

 MINIMUM GEAR: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone

O’BRIENSBRIDGE HERITAGE GARDEN

The trailhead is located in a beautifully restored Heritage Garden in the centre of O’Briens Bridge. This amenity was developed by the local community and also features an Old Mill Wall and Navigation Wall. The Old Mill Wall is all that remains of a five storey corn mill that was built by Hood & Boyd of Glasgow in the 1830’s.

CLONLARA EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

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Clonlara Equestrian centre is situated  in East Clare, 5km from Limerick city and 8km from the marina town of Killaloe. The riding school is situated on 130 acres of farmland making it  ideal for trekking, lessons cross country and hosting competitions. It host an international size indoor, an outdoor manage and stabling for 65 stables, walker, mini cross country, ample parking and lovely scenery.

Phone: 061 354172/ 087 689 2373

Email: clonlaraequest2@eircom.net

Directions for horse riding school.

FROM LIMERICK take the R464 to Barrys shop in Ardnacrusha, turn right on to the R463 for killaloe. A mile and a half down that road on the left is a bright orange house and a sign for us, turn up avenue for riding school.

FROM CASTLECONNELL – direction head towards O’Briens Bridge village, go over Shannon through village to cross roads take left on to the R463. Drive for about 3 miles and you will pass turn for Clonlara village we are a mile beyond on right hand side. Bright orange house at the bottom of the avenue.

FROM KILLALOE – Cross bridge from Ballina side to Killaloe side. Take left turn at Anchor bar and head out the R463 for about 8km following the canal bank on your left. Passing through two crossroads first at O’Briens Bridge and then Clonlara. A mile beyond Clonlara cross road on bad bend were on the right. Bright orange house at the entrance to avenue.

PUBS IN MONTPELIER & OBRIENS BRIDGE

  • RYAN DARBY’S PUB

O’Briens Bridge, Co. Limerick,

Phone: 061 372220

  • BROWNS PUB

Montpelier, Limerick.

Phone: 061 377227

  • BONNERS BAR

O’Briens Bridge, Co. Limerick.

Phone: 061 377160

O’BRIENS BRIDGE COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND

State of the Art Village Playground developed by the O’Briens Bridge Community Group.

This is a new, colourful playground with all the best equipment for both the smaller children and not so small children. It is fully enclosed and there are also many great walks along the river nearby so a fun day out can be had by all.

HERITAGE GARDEN

This very attractive little Heritage Garden was developed by the Community Group. The old heritage wall at the rear of the garden is part of the Old Corn Mill and was also restored by the Community Group.

LOOP WALKS IN MONTPELIER & O’BRIENS BRIDGE

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This is one of seven very attractive horse bridges restored by the Community Group during the development of the O’Briens Bridge Loop Walks.

HERITAGE INFORMATION BOARD ON LOOP WALKS

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This is one of the 12 Heritage Information Boards erected by the Community Group to highlight the important Heritage Sites along the walkway and is another attempt to promote the Loop Walks and the village of Montpelier and O’Briens Bridge.

The O’Briens Bridge Loop Walks run all along waterways away from public roads and are 16 km in length. There are three loops in total; the RED, BLUE AND GREEN Loops with Heritage Information Boards all along these walks.

MONTPELLIER COMMUNITY CENTRE

There is plenty to see and do near Montpelier Community Centre. The nearest place is  Bridgetown Cemetery  which is approximately 2.2km away. The second nearest place,  Kiltenanlea Graveyard  is about 5.3km away. Another nearby place isKillaloe Cemetery  which is approximately 6.7km away. Slightly further away is  Brian Boru Heritage Centre  which is approximately 7.4km away. Finally  Beal Boru Fort  is about 8.2km away.

ARDNACRUSHA POWER PLANT

Ardnacrusha Power Plant is a hydroelectric power station which was originally referred to as The Shannon Scheme. It is located near Ardnacrusha within County Clare approximately 1.5 miles (2.4  km) from the Limerick border. It is Ireland‘s largest river hydroelectric scheme and is operated on a purpose built canal connected to the River Shannon. The plant includes fish ladders so that returning fish, such as salmon, can climb the river safely past the power station.

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The ESB Dam is a very impressive feature on the O’Briens Bridge Loop Walks. Built as part of the Shannon Scheme it holds back the mighty Lough Derg and supplies two thirds of the original River Shannon to fee the Power Station at Ardnacrusha.

Web: http://www.esb.ie/main/about-esb/ardnacrusha.jsp

LISHEEN GRAVEYARD

Lisheen Graveyard,Montpelier,Co. Limerick.

Lisheen graveyard was where the monks who settled on Inishlosky Island later retreated to. It is situated on high ground overlooking the island. The majority of the headstones are located on either side of the graveyard with the central area filled by numerous mix of fixed and loose unmarked stones. It was uncertain which of these unmarked stones were marking official burial sites although it is likely that this central part of the graveyard does include several burials.

Web: http://historicgraves.com/story/paddy-tuohy-tells-connection-cemetery-lisheen-montpelier-and-inishlosky-island

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