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Culture & Heritage

Clan Search – Trace your Ancestors

“How to Trace your Family trees” at Mitchelstown Library on Saturday next May 14 at 2 pm.” (See Below) Millions of people emigrated from Ireland over the centuries, mainly via the port of Cobh. This harbour was the main port for transatlantic passengers...

Heritage Hub

Ballyhoura Failte has packaged unique tour options for Lough Gur, Bruff, Bruree and Kilmallock. The one and two day itineraries are suitable for individuals, groups and families and are ideal for active retired, ICA groups, archaeological and historical societies etc....

Castlegarde, Cappamore.

Castlegarde is a five storey castle originally said to be located in Co. Tipperary. Names:  Garth, Kass Lannengard, Castle na Garde, Castle Garre.   1198 – Built by the O’Briens (with the Normans).  The largest stones being raised onto platforms...

King John’s Castle-Limerick

Have fun exploring King Johns Castle, enjoy magnificent views and imagine a Norman soldiers life in this medieval fortress. Reach out and touch the past through a wide range of new technologies and specialist multi media techniques. Join in the living interpretation...

Adare Heritage Centre

Adare Woollens Ltd is a well known woollen mills outlet stocking an exciting range of traditional woollens and knitwear. The Adare Woollens stock a wide range of Irish products from infants woollens to adults. The ideal gift for a loved one or a lasting memory of...

De Valera Museum & Bruree Heritage Centre

The following are the opening hours of the De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre Mon/Thurs/Fri 10.30 – 2.00 Sat/Sun 1.00 – 5.00 Tue/Wed Closed Contact 086 3949230 Groups 087 3116008 email: harroldjohn@eircom.net ” – A celebration of Eamon de...

Glenstal Abbey, Murroe

Glenstal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Annunciation located in Murroe, County Limerick. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba. The abbey is located in and beside Glenstal Castle, a Normanesque castle built by the Barrington...

Doneraile Court & Park

The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style. Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along...

Geocaching (In the Ballyhouras)

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System  (GPS) receiver  or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in...

Ballyhoura Country Guided Tours

      Ballyhoura Country Tour Guides are community volunteers who have a love of their place and happy to share their story with you, the visiting public. Prices will vary from site to site, place to place, email reception@ballyhoura.org or telephone...

Old Irish Ways, Bruff

Why not come and learn what it was like to live in the 1900s at one of the best exhibitions of 19th & 20th century living in the country at Old Irish Ways. Located in  Caherguillamore,  Bruff, Co. Limerick. This is an ideal family outing, school trip, or day out...

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

.  LOUGH GUR HERITAGE CENTRE   Opening Times: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 6pm Saturday & Sunday Location: Lough Gur Heritage Centre is located 21km from South East of Limerick City. GPS Co-ordinates:   N52 31 316 W 00831.173 Admission Rates: 5.00e per...

Ballyhoura Driving Routes

In one of the most picturesque settings in the country, why not take in one of our beautiful driving routes and discover the Ballyhoura region from the comfort of your own car. Slí Finn Drive Download our Heritage Drives...

Lime Tree Theatre – South Circular Road, Limerick

The Lime Tree Theatre is a brand new, state-of-the-art 510 seat theatre, situated in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick city centre. Officially opened on October 30th 2012, the venue plays host to a wide range of performances, including theatre, music, comedy,...

Cush Earthworks – Cush, Kilfinane

The townland of Cush is located on the western slopes of Slievereagh, about 700 to 800 feet high, and two miles north of Kilfinane. Cush contains an extensive complex of ancient fields and enclosures, and was excavated in 1932-1934. These excavations revealed that the...

Friars Gate Theatre & Arts – Kilmallock

This 130 seater venue hosts a wide variety of performances, contemporary drama, theatre and drama resented by professional and amateur groups, performances in dance/ ballet, traditional Irish Music, cabarets, jazz and comedy. Art gallery also on site with monthly...

The Irish Harp Centre – Castleconnell

The Irish Harp Centre is a mid 19th century listed School House with neighbouring cottages magnificently situated on the shores of the River Shannon by the ancient castle and historic village of Castleconnell. In the tradition of the ancient monastic places of...

Kilbehenny Medieval Church – Kilbehenny

The ruins of a Protestant church in Kilbehenny are located on the side where the community hall now stands. Robert, Earl of Kingston built it in 1844. The first Minister was Rev. Kearney. The Old graveyard and medieval church are of significant historical interest....

Palatine Houses – Ballyorgan

Travelling from Ballyorgan to Ardpatrick, you will find two fine examples of Palatine  houses on the left hand side of the road. These were built in 1840 by the lord of Castle Oliver for the Palentine who worked the land. The Palatine  house on the left is now owned...

Bridgetown Priory – Castletownroche

Bridgetown Priory or Abbey, near the confluence of the Awbeg and Blackwater rivers, was founded for Augustinian monks in the 13th century by Alexander FitzHugh. Soon afterwards, it was owned by the Roches. Henry  VIII  dissolved the priory in 1540. Bridgetown has a...

Moor Abbey – Galbally

Donough Cairbreach O’Brien, King of Thomond, founded a friary for the Franciscans here early in the 13th century. The church is a simple nave-and-chancel church with a tall slender tower which contains a sedilia and some windows. Nothing remains of the domestic...

Kilflyn Church – Kilflyn

Around 550AD, Saint Flann founded a church at Kilflyn. This ruined abbey became a Trinitarian monastery when the Geraldines rebuilt it in the late 13th century. The church in Kilflyn Church of Ireland graveyard was built for the Protestant families of Ballyorgan and...

Liscarroll Castle – Liscaroll

Lying in the middle of this picturesque village the great fortress is certainly impressive. Third largest of Irelands 13th century castles, the great walls conjure up visions of men at war, knights in shining armour, the thunder of horses hooves as cavalry swooped...

Lough Gur New Church – Lough Gur

New Church replaced an older chapel which was used by the Earls of Desmond. The present structure dates from 1679 a simple rectangular building. It was endowed with a chalice and patten which bear the inscription of The guift of the Right Honourable Rachel Countess...

Collegiate Church, Kilmallock

This Collegiate Church, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. was built in the 13th century. It was served by a College a community of clerics, which differed from a monastic community in that it did not follow a monastic rule. The Church has an aisled nave, a south...

Carraig Aille Hill – Lough Gur, Grange

This hill is located to the east of the lake and Knockadoon. Two stone ring-forts (cashels), along with associated hut sites, were discovered here. Occupation has been dated to the 8th-11th centuries AD. House foundations were discovered both within and outside the...

Grange Stone Circle – Lough Gur, Grange

Located 300m west of Lough Gur is Grange, one of the most impressive stone circles in Ireland. Its near perfect shape, together with a posthole found in the very center of the enclosure, indicates that the circle was measured out from a central stake with a rope. The...

Kilmallock Abbey – Kilmallock

The proper title of this building is the Dominican Friary or St Saviours Priory. It dates back to 1291 and its history is great. It began when Gilbert Fitzgerald of the White Knights invited the Dominicans to the monastery that he had built. The Fitzgeralds were the...

St. Berrihert’s Kyle – Ardane

The priest St. Berrihert lived in the Galtee mountains in the 8th century alone with nature and God and near to a sacred well. The Kyle is close to the little village of Ardane and not easy to find. From the main road, you will see a sign for Golden Mile, Winner 2003,...

Knockainey Church – Knockainey

St Johns church in Knockainey is one of Ireland’s most historical rural churches. The church bell tower dates from circa 1600, and the 19th century church has beautiful stained glass windows, excellent acoustics, 17th century underground vaults and a graveyard...

In Ballyhoura you can discover past cultures with every step that you take.

Archeological Sites

Learn how prehistoric man farmed the shores of Lough Gur, shaped the local stones and walked the mountains of Ballyhoura.

Local Culture

Experience local culture at the crossroads dancing, the Kilmallock agricultural mart or at an evening of road bowling.

Natural Wonders

Explore the magnificent Doneraile Park, listening to its fascinating history, wonder through the magical Annesgrove Gardens.

Medieval architecture

Discover how the medieval walled town of Kilmallock was fortified.