Banner photo at top of page is of Cahir Castle illuminated at night.

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Inside the church at Holy Cross Abbey

The Swiss Cottage, Cahir

Fly fishing on the river Suir

The Mitchelstown Cave


photo of the s=ciling of the church at Holy Cross Abbey, Holy Cross, Tipperary


Photo of the swiss cottage, Cahir, Tipperary - Brendan Davis


Photo of Angler fly fishing on the river Suir in Cahir - Brendan Davis


Photo of part of the Mitchelstown Cave


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The Rock of Cashel from the west.


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A part of the Athassel Abbey complex.

Riding at the Cahir Equestrian Centre.


Photo of part of the Athassel Abbey complex







Photo. Riding at the Cahir Equestrian Centre


Things to see and do in the area

Places to visit

Cahir Castle. A large and well preserved castle situated on an island in the river Suir. Its looks and its state of preservation means it has been used in a number of films and TV programmes.

The Swiss Cottage - Cahir. An excellent example of a Cottage Ornée designed by the famous regency architect John Nash. Better known for his work on Regents Park, Regent Street, the original Trafalgar Square and the re-modelling of the Brighton Pavillion, Nash also designed the Protestant church and Erasmus Smith House in Cahir.

The Mitchelstown Cave - Burncourt, Cahir. An excellent 'show cave' with easy access (down a flight of steps equivalent to three floors of a building) and a level floor with plenty of headroom. Visitors are taken through several large chambers and get to see some spectacular natural formations.

The Rock of Cashel - Cashel. Possibly Ireland's most recognised antiquity, 'The Rock' has appeared on the cover of books about Ireland many, many times. Spectacularly located on a large rock outcrop it soars above the 'Tipperary Plain'.

Bru Boru Cultural Centre - Cashel. This national cultural centre is designed around a village green and is a home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, theatre and Celtic studies. It has a folk theatre, genealogy centre, restaurant and other amenities.

Ormonde Castle - Carrick-on-Suir. In the late 1500's a Tudor Manor House was added to the existing castle. This was the first to be built in Ireland and the only one to survive.

Holy Cross Abbey - Holy Cross. Located on the R660 Cashel to Thurles road the Abbey houses a small piece of wood from the original 'holy cross'. When this was authenticated in Rome the Abbey became a place of pilrimage. To cope with the numbers attending special events (up to 10,000) a permanent outdoor altar was constructed in the grounds.

Athassel Abbey (Priory). Sits alongside the river Suir just south of Golden and is on the Tipperary Heritage Way waymarked walking route. This is one of Ireland's largest monastic ruins, which sits on a four acre site, but is rarely found in guidebooks.

Lismore Castle - Lismore, Co. Waterford. The Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1753 the castle was also the birthplace of Robert Boyle (of 'Boyles Law' fame) who's father had bought the castle from Sir Walter Raleigh. In more recent times the dancer and actor Fred Astair was a regular visitor since his sister Adele had married into the Devonshire family. The castle itself is not open to the public but the gardens and an art gallery are.

Mount Melleray Cistercian Monastery - Co. Waterford. Situated just off the R669 on the south side of the Knockmeladowns just a few miles over the Vee pass from Clogheen. This is a fully operational monastery.

Fethard Folk Farm and Transport Museum. Housed in an old railway station the museum include a unique collection of prams and bicycles plus many other items. Over 1200 exhibits in all.

Photo of the Rock of Cashel from the west


This is a great area for the walking enthusiast since all levels are catered for. There are easy low lying walks in the forests, woods and along riverbanks. Then, for the more energetic, we have the Knockmealdown mountains practically on our doorstep and the GaltyMountains (sometimes spelt Galtees), the Comeragh Mountains and Slievenamon (the maiden's mountain) just a few kilometres away. In addition we have a number of 'Waymarked' long distance routes locally, passing through, or within a short distance of the area. These are...

The Munster Way, St. Declan's Way, The Avondhu Way, Tipperary Heritage Trail, Ballyhoura Way and the Blackwater Way.

The Millenium Trail in Glengarra Wood (on the south slopes of the Galty's near Cahir and Burcourt—entrance on the R639) is also very popular. The wood contains wonderful specimen trees, Arboreal Rhododendron (trees rather than the usual bushes) and Azalea which are all a sight to behold.

Maps can be purchased at local stores and tourist offices. If you prefer to obtain maps before your trip they can be purchased on-line from which is the official outlet for the Ordnance Survey of Ireland.

The Knockmealdowns and the Galty's are on 'Discovery Series 74'. The Comeraghs and part of Slievenamon are on 'Discovery Series 75, and the northern part of Slievenamon is on 'Discovery Series 67'. The 'Discovery' series are 1:50,000 scale maps and are good for walking, cycling and driving around the area.

Safety Note—Hill walking can be potentially dangerous due to rapid changes in the weather that are common in any mountain region, even with our relatively low altitude hills. There are so few clear footpaths and direction indicators on our hills (except for the waymarked routes) that it is best to assume there are none. Therefore navigation skills are important. If you are in any doubt about your experience you can hire a guide or contact one of the local walking clubs who welcome guests on their walks, which are always supervised by experienced walkers who know the area well. and


The area is well known as one of Europe's best for Brown Trout and also has Salmon. The season runs from March 17th (St. Patrick's Day—but we are sure you knew that!) to September 30th.

Fishing Permits are available from The Heritage Shop, The Square, Cahir. This is open from early till late all week. Tel: 052 7442730

Daily and weekly permits are available along with information sheets.

For additional information on fishing, or the provision of guides—if required, contact Kevin Rowe, Information Officer, Cahir and District Anglers' Association, Reiska Road, Cahir.

Tel: 052 7442720        Mob: 087 6409271

Note that no permits are required to fish on the river Tar so long as you are on our land. A drying room and a freezer are available.

Farmer's Markets

There are regular farmer's markets in Cahir, Clonmel, Fethard, Mitchelstown and Lismore. Ask John and Breeda for details.


All of the following are 18-hole courses...

Cahir Park Golf Club—Tel: 052 7441474

Clonmel Golf Club—Tel: 052 6124050

Dundrum House Hotel—Tel: 062 71116

Ballykisteen—Tel: 062 33333

Tipperary Town—Tel: 062 51119

Slievenamon—Tel: 052 6132213

Horse Riding

Cahir Equestrian Centre—A.I.R.E approved   Tel: 052 7441426

Burncourt Equestrian Centre—Tel: 087 2536600

Horse Racing

Clonmel—Tel: 052 612611     www.clonmelraces

Thurles—Tel: 0504 23272

Tipperary Town—Tel: 062 51357

Greyhound Racing

Clonmel—Tuesday and Saturday Tel: 052 6183333

Thurles—Tuesday and Saturday Tel: 0504 21003