This village boasts a superb racetrack which dates back to 1848.
So if you can manage to organise your trip on a date that fits in with a race day, all the better.
2 – Cahir Castle
The Castle built on an Island on the River Suir which runs through the town was
built in 1142 by the then Prince of Thomond Conor O’Brien.
The Castle now owned and
managed by the Office of Public Works hosts a fantastic audio-visual display
where the fascinating history of the castle can be learned.
Apart from entering and
visiting the castle, a simple walk along the adjoining river banks to take in
the splendour of the surroundings — which by the way have been used in many
film and historical television productions including the blockbuster The Tudors
can be an exceptional experience.
The complex history of the castle is far too extensive to go into here but frequent guided tours are held and for those with even a passing interest in history should not be missed.
These attractions include but
are not limited to the 17th-century building called the Main Guard which was
built by the first Duke of Ormond in 1673.
Now convert into shops the
building still retains an exterior which showcases a beautiful and unique
The West Gate is a building
originally intended to guard and defend the then Norman
town from invasion by from the Irish natives who were not permitted to live
within the town walls.
This heritage is echoed at
Dowd’s lane in the Bulmer’s Vat House in the heart of the town.
A short stop-off in Clonmel and even a simple stroll around the town centre is well worth the effort, and it is also advisable to check out and try to coordinate your visit with one of the many cultural events which take place throughout the year, especially during the summer months.
4 – Carrick on Suir
To be honest Carrick on Suir is a sleepy little town between Clonmel and Waterford city but it does have one particular tourist attraction which makes stopping here worthwhile, and that is the Elizabethan style manor house originally constructed during the 16th century by Thomas Butler the 3rd Earl of Ormond.
During the 17th century, the
house was the residence of James Butler a first cousin of Anne Boleyn. Butler who spent many
years at the court of Queen Elizabeth was greatly influenced by the Architecture
of that period when he built Ireland’s
first Tudor style house adjoining the Castle.
The castle and house are now
controlled by the Office of Public Works and open to the public.
Once you’ve reached Waterford City, you will be simply spoiled for choice
with interesting attractions to satisfy your sightseeing curiosity. Far too
many to go into here but one suggestion for this Ireland’s oldest city would be the
well laid out Viking Triangle.
course, is synonymous with exquisite crystal, and although the original factory
has long since closed, there is a beautifully designed House of Waterford
Crystal centre situated in the heart of the city.
Here you can interpret the history and skills involved in the manufacture of this rare crystal, definitely well worth the visit.
Well, there you have it four
interesting stops to make on a drive along the N24 between Limerick
cities with of course a few suggestions as to do when you reach your
destination in Waterford.
If driving continuously the journey should take about two-hours however hopeful you might just decide to take in the above attractions and make a nice day of it. Enjoy!