THINGS TO SEE & DO
Located in the centre of Cahir town, Cahir castle is one of Irelands largest and best-preserved castles. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. The castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. Its history dates back to the 12th century when Conor O’Brien built a fortification on an island in the river Suir. Then in 1375, the powerful Anglo-Norman family, the Butlers came into the possession of the castle. They had been granted a Barony in Cahir for their loyalty to the English crown. The Butlers have been associated with the castle ever since.
Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan Manor House in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560’s. Closely integrated into the manor house are two 15th century towers. The ‘state rooms’ contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits.
Address: Castle Park, Off castle Street, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary.
ROCK OF CASHEL
Beautiful Cashel, Co Tipperary, is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel, one of the most popular and spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland. Cashel’s rich colourful history is reflected in its buildings, which range from prehistoric raths forts, to mediaeval monasteries, fortified town houses, and, of course, its great Georgian Cathedral. Cashel’s charming Georgian quarter also boasts the Bolton Library in which the smallest book in Ireland can be found.
The great Rock of Cashel is traditionally referred to as “Cashel of the Kings”, and it was marked from very early times as the seat of the powerful Kings of Munster.
Mitchelstown Cave is situated midway between Cahir and Mitchelstown and is popular for visitors, school tours and group outings with many daily tours provided daily through almost half a mile of this world famous show cave. You visit three massive caverns – one measuring 200 x 160 feet. In this cavern, you are surrounded by indescribable drip-stone formations of stalactites, stalagmites, huge calcite columns and one of Europe’s finest columns, the inspiring Tower of Babel, which stands some 30 feet high.
Mitchelstown Cave has to be seen at leisure so that its timeless master-pieces of nature become vividly imprinted on one’s memory.