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Yoga Walks Ireland- Taking Yoga To a Whole New Level

  Yoga Walks Ireland- Taking Yoga to a whole new level!  Yoga means ‘union,’. Many aspects of yoga are in fact about being in the moment and at one with nature or the universe. Being outside can intensify the yoga experience in many ways, since nature...

Ballyhoura Nature Trail

  “The Ballyhoura Nature Trail, located at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Centre is a 40 minute 5km investigation of over 20 hidden creatures in the woods that kiddies have to uncover on their walk. The start point of the trail is just located from the carpark and...

Ballyhoura Horse Trekking

Welcome to Ballyhoura Horse Trekking. Your one stop shop for all you riding and Horse needs. Come and join us for trekking, lessons, kids camps, schooling, and holiday livery’s. All in the Beautiful BallyHoura Mountains in County Limerick, Ireland Ballyhoura Horse...

Terra Nova Gardens Dromin Kilmallock

Website:http://www.terranovagarden.com/cms/   Phone: +353 (0)63 90744/086 0658807 Terra Nova is one of Ireland’s best known small, privately owned gardens and is a firm favourite with garden visitors of all ages. A half acre that appears so much larger due to...

Coolwater Garden Fedamore

“A newish garden, started in 2009, practically wiped out in the bad winters of January and December 2010 because of it having mostly not fully hardy plants and started again in 2011, it contains features not often seen in other gardens. It has no lawns or...

Thomas Fitzgerald Centre Bruff Co. Limerick

The story connecting the rural town of Bruff, in County Limerick, and the 35th President of the United States of America began in 1852. It was then, following the great famine, that a young emigrant named Thomas Fitzgerald left his native home in Bruff, and made his...

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....

Clan Search – Trace your Ancestors

Trace your Emigrant Ancestors Heritage Millions of people emigrated from Ireland over the centuries, mainly via the port of Cobh. This harbour was the main port for transatlantic passengers throughout the nineteenth century via the Peter Robinson Settlements.  ...

Animal Magic- Kilmallock

Web: www.animalmagic.ie   Phone: 063 98777/ 087 624 3546    E-mail: rosie@animalmagic.ie Animal Magic have been visiting schools, colleges and libraries providing lectures on wild animals and birds, their habitats and lifestyles, for over 15...

Ballyhoura Garden Experience

The 31st of March, 2016, saw the launch of the Ballyhoura Garden Experience in the Deebert House Hotel. A new venture, The Ballyhoura Garden Experience brings together two wonderful gardens, two plant sales outlets and a local hotel in order to combine a complete,...

#FindYourTrail – Press Release

The Irish Sports Council launched a digital Video #FindYourTrail to encourage people of all ages and ability to enjoy the great Irish outdoors. Recreational trails help people to enjoy the outdoors and facilitate, promote and manage a range of outdoor activities...

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 Our hours for summer have changed. From July – Sept we will open from 11am to 4pm Tuesday – Friday and 12pm to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays. We will also open by...

Galty Trekking, Anglesboro

 Email: galty.trekking1@gmail.com  Phone: 083 322 0049 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/galtytrekking/timeline Open for bookings on June 1st. Child aged 8-12, €10 for 45 min trek. Teen aged 13-16, €15 for 45 min trek. Adult 17+, €20 for 45 min trek....

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...

Beara Breifne Way walk

The Beara-Breifne Way
The Way runs 500 km north from the tip of Beara Peninsula at Dursey in Co. Cork to Blacklion area in the Breifne area of Co Leitrim And Cavan, following generally the line of the 17th century march of OSullivan Beare, the last great chieftain of West Cork and South Kerry area. In the words of Dan O Sullivan. Community representative, Kealkil, the idea was to transform “the theme of tribulation into a celebration of human spirit and endurance.

Clonshire Equestrian Centre

Clonshire Equestrian Centre is internationally renowned as one of the most successful equestrian centres in Ireland. The Centre is approved by the Irish Government, the BHS (British Horse Society) and AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) as a registered Training and Examination Centre for career programmes.

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 Failte & Coillte TEO Orienteering Trails

GREEN WOOD BALLYHOURA FAILTE & COILLTE TEO Orienteering Trails (Permanent Trails) WHAT IS ORIENTEERING? Orienteering is an exciting form of countryside recreation. It is a walk with a difference. With the aid of specially prepared maps you find your way to various...

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park scoops top award!!!

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park scoops top award for European Sport Tourism Venue 2015 The leading lights in sport tourism nationally and in Europe were recognised for their impact  on the fast growing sector as the inaugural Shannon Group European Sport Tourism Awards...

#TravelTV Adventure Special

Any MTB enthusiasts will find this link particularly interesting, it is a special highlight that #TravelTV of Independant.ie have done on activities around Ireland including the Bike Trails in Ardpatrick!!...

Lazy Dog Claybird Shooting Ground!

Contact: Website: www.lazydogshooting.ie Phone: +353(0)62 53563/ +353(0)87 9079556 Email: lazydogshooting@eircom.net Check them out on   Family Packages below FAMILY FIVE PACKAGES 2015  In a hidden gem of breathtaking scenery lies the best Sporting Claybird Ground in...

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...

Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom

Web: http://www.ballyhouraoutdoorclassroom.com/ Email: booking@ballyhouraoutdoorclassroom.com For a limited time only, Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment are offering a trained guide to facilitate activities for only €3 per child (for groups). This unique teaching...

NKC ” Worlds Largest Indoor Karting Arena”

Home to the World’s Largest Indoor Karting Arena. Almost 1,500 Mtrs in Length, Bridges, Tunnels, Underpasses, 270cc Sodi Karts up to 70kms/ph. Opening Hours 7 Days a week 11am til Late Our Track has been designed by experts in their field and they have given us...

Ballyhoura Trim Trail

   The following video is a detailed description of the course as well as the obstacles you must complete during the circuit.   For images of the new trim trail click on the following link https://www.flickr.com/photos/79917963@N02/sets/72157648102695875/...

Cork Day Tours- Hike, Bike or Ride

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking or horse riding, this weekly tour has something for you. No need to worry about directions and how to get to the wonderful Ballyhoura Mountains as we take you by private coach to this outdoor playground. The Ballyhoura region is...

Tir Na Nog Adventure Play Centre Charleville

Children need physical activity which it is not easy to get these days! Tir na nOg in Charleville offers a fun, large, clean and safe place for children to obtain that large motor play they need. Four lane astra slide, spiral slide, soccer pitch, assault course and...

The College of Irish Culture and Heritage Cappamore

The College of Irish Culture and Heritage The College of Irish Culture & Heritage is the first independent College of its type in Ireland, established in 2012. The College is committed to offering students the opportunity to experience the culture, heritage and...

Ballyhass Wake Park

Welcome to Irelands largest cable wakeboarding centre. Ballyhass is delighted to bring the worlds latest and fastest growing water sport into the heart of Munster. Cable wakeboarding uses an overhead cable which pulls you over the surface of the lakes with a feel just...

Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow

Ballyhass Lakes, Activity Centre, Fishing and Holiday Accommodation near Mallow County Cork Ireland Ballyhass Lakes is Irelands best known still spring water trout fishery, with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity centre for groups and schools, sports clubs and...

Ballyneety Golf Club, Co. Limerick

Web: http://www.ballyneetygolfclub.com/ This 18 Hole championship golf course was co-designed by Ryder Cup player, Des Smyth and Irish Amateur International, Declan Branigan. Ballyneety Golf Club is a parkland golf course with sand-based greens and tees all built...

Orienteering at Ballyhoura Forest Park

Where to Start? Decide whether you will undertake the short , medium   or long course. Then, download and print your map through the links below Course Maps Download Short Course Map (PDF 540KB) Download Medium Course Map (PDF 488KB) Download Long Course Map (PDF...

Boskill Equestrian Caherconlish

Contact: Web: http://www.learn-english-horse-riding-in-ireland.com/ Web: http://www.english-class-and-horse-riding.com/ Web: http://www.limerickhorseriding.com Boskill Equestrian/ Trekking...

TrailRiders Ballyhoura MTB Hire

InfoBike RentalDirections to the MTB Centre Web: www.trailriders.ie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrailridersBallyhoura/timeline Phone: Declan, Chris or Liam on +353 87 271 7330 (Telephone bookings only, for other enquiries please contact us below!)...

Markets

When and Where ? Mondays Kilmallock Cattle Mart and Market stalls. Kilmallock Farmers Market, Bank Holiday Monday’s 9am – 4pm.   Tuesdays UL Farmers’ Market,Students Union Courtyard,University of Limerick, Limerick, 12 – 5.30pm,...

Ballyhoura MBT Trail Highlights on YouTube

Videos from the European Mountain Biking Championships 2014.     Facilities at the trail head include  map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. There is also state of the art changing rooms and picnic tables. On arrival there is a...

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. Download our Heritage Drives...

Orienteering/Geocaching

Ballyhoura Country is pleased to announce the introduction of Geocaching to the Ballyhoura region. Geocaching  is an outdoor recreational activity, first played in May 2000, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver  or mobile device and...

Recipe 4 Success Cookery

Cookery Demonstrations, Cook-along classes, Kids Parties & Team Building  Welcome to Limerick’s Premier Cookery School. Sign up for one of the courses for the step by step skills to cook great food for your friends and family at home.  Upcoming Courses We...

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...

Hillcrest Equestrian Centre

Located in the shadow of the breathtaking Galtee Mountains, with the Glen of Aherlow on one side and the Ballyhoura Mountains on the other, Hillcrest Riding Centre in Galbally, County Limerick boasts one of the most scenic settings for horse riding in Ireland, or...

Lough Gur

Lough Gur (Irish: Loch Gair) is a lake in County Limerick, Ireland near the town of Bruff. The lake forms a horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside. It is one of Irelands most important archaeological sites. Humans have...

Blackwater Outdoor Activities

Blackwater Outdoor Activities are an Outdoor Activity Company based in North Cork whose primary activities are River Kayaking, River Tubing, Archery, Zorbing, Dune Buggy Driving, Wilderness Camping, Wilderness Survival skills and/or combinations of these activities....

Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club

Welcome to the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. Our club is located in the south of Ireland. Our members are from Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and beyond. The Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club organises walks each Sunday and visitors are welcome to join in. The club walk...

Limerick Greyhound Stadium

A GREAT NIGHT OUT IN LIMERICK: Limerick Greyhound Stadium, built in 2010, is the ultimate destination for a night out in Limerick. Enjoy fantastic food by Kudos  Catering  in the Leger Restaurant and informally in the Markets Field & Mezz Bar,  whilst taking in...

Active Walks – Guided Tours

Are you an individual, group, club or company? Then we have a  WALK/ADVENTURE  to suit you! From a walk in the park (suitable for persons with impaired mobility) to Ballyhoura and Galtee Mountains, we can organise and lead it for you. Or, if you are into something...

Delta Sports Dome

Delta Soccer Dome is a unique space situated in Delta retail park. This facility is the largest indoor football arena in Munster and comprises of seven full size pitches, five party rooms, luxury changing & shower areas and a cafe lounge area where you can relax...

Free Range Kids

Free Range Kids offers camps giving children a chance to enjoy all elements of the countryside in a safe and secure environment. Key elements of the camps are traditional games, bread and cookie making, tie dying, pet farm experience (ducklings, calves, a donkey etc),...

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 Mitchelstown Cave

The Mitchelstown Cave is considered one of the most spectacular caves in Europe. Visitors and group outings are shown daily through almost a half mile of this world famous showcave which includes three caverns, in which visitors are surrounded by indescribable...

Road Bowling

Road Bowling is an old game, played for centuries and at one time far more widespread in Ireland, but since 1954 it has been organised under a national controlling body, Bol Chumann na hEireann. Large crowds gather to watch the matches and they are real family...

Hospital Tennis Club

Hospital Club is already a well established tennis club. It maintains its position in the community as the only tennis club within a radius of eight miles approx. This is a sporting facility suitable for the entire family. It caters for young and old, male and female....

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....

Tory Hill Equine Assisted Learning Centre

Our Purpose To help people to develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual selves through interactions with horses that are facilitated by professionals. Tory Hill Farm  is situated in the heart of Limerick country side, the farm is nestled at...

Griston Bog

Ballylanders wildlife bog is situated at Griston Bog on the west side of the village. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, bees and insects and different types of waterlife, some of which are now in danger of extinction in many parts of the world. To...

Annes Grove Gardens

Annes Grove Gardens is laid out largely in the early 20th Century and Robinsonian style and it also incorporates elements of an earlier, 18th Century  ornamented glen  and landscape. Many of the rare rhododendrons in the extensive woodland garden were introduced...

Slí Finn Drive

Slí Finn Drive Start: Kilfinane Finish: Ballylanders Distance: 30km Download the route map Gentle, winding roads cut through this scenic terrain thats dotted with wonderful archaeological, mythological and historical sights. Amongst the rolling countryside you will...

Golden Vale Drive

Golden Vale Drive Start: Kilmallock Finish: Ballylanders Distance: 112km Download the route map This sweeping drive will introduce you to the natural features that gave The Golden Vale its evocative name. From the level pasturelands to the north, to the foot of the...

Tory Hill- Croom

At a height of 372 feet, the majestic Tory Hill dominates the landscape of Croom and much of the surrounding area. With its lake, bogland and streams, it is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of County Limerick. It commands a magnificent view of Counties...

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...

Attychraan Loop Walk – Kilbeheny

Ballyhoura Country offers the visitor a wide varity of walking experiences  from exploring riverbands, quiet country roads, rugged mountains, rich bogs, and mythical landscapes. Mitchelstown is the ideal base to explore the walking trails of the three counties,...

Benard Loop Walk – Anglesboro

Trailhead: Community Centre, Anglesboro, Co Limerick Distance: 18km Time: 4hrs -5hrs A-B. Starting from the Community Centre, follow the purple (and green) arrows downhill and veer right at the road junction. The green arrows are for the shorter Paradise Hill Loop....

Castle Gale Loop Walk – Darragh

Distance : 7km Time: 1hr30min 2hrs Trailhead : Darragh Bridge, Darragh, Co Limerick Description: A-B. Starting from trailhead, follow the green (and purple) arrows uphill along the surfaced roadway to reach a T-junction. (The purple arrows are for the longer Darragh...

Nature Loop Walk – Clare Glens, Murroe

Distance: 2km Time: 30 mins 1 hr Trailhead: Clare Glens, Murroe, Co Limerick A-B. The loop starts from a metal swing gate at the left of the bridge over the Clare River. Turn left onto a narrow trail following the green and purple arrows  the purple arrows are for the...

Old Barge Loop Walk – O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare

Distance: 12km Time: 2hr 30mins  3hrs Trailhead : O’Briens Bridge, Co Clare A-B. Starting from the riverside car park, follow the pathway along the River Shannon away from the village. You are following the red arrows on the waymarkers but there are also blue...

Errinagh Bridge Loop Walk – O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare

Distance: 7km Time: 1hr 30mins – 2hrs Trailhead: O’Briens Bridge, Co Clare The Errinagh Canal was built to allow navigation of boats and barges to the city of Limerick . Today, the canal is being developed as a recreational amenity (fishing, watersports,...

Galty Walk

This Galtee walk begins in Kings Yard near Kilbehenny and reaches Galtymore. This route will take you onto the Galtee Mountains where you can enjoy clear air, superb views, corrie lakes, wooded foothills, mountain streams and open...

Darby’s Bed Loop Walk – Galbally

North-west of Galbally, at the pinnacle of a 265 metre high hill, is the megalithic (mega=big; lith=stone) passage grave known as Duntryleague .The Fort of the Three Pillar Stones, which is perhaps 6,000 or more years old. Known locally as Darbys Bed, the tomb has a...

Ballyhoura Way

In December 1602, in the wake of the defeat of Gaelic forces at the Battle of Kinsale, Donal Cam O Suilleabhain, the chief of the O’Sullivan clan, was isolated and surrounded by his enemies in his territories in West Cork. He resolved to seek asylum with his...

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...