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Castles, Culture & Heritage

Over 100 heritage sites straddle the Lakelands Lough Derg Region. The unique architectural character of the heritage towns of Killaloe Ballina are a great starting point to get a special feeling for the past. Heritage centres can be found in almost every town and Christian heritage can be seen in churches, round towers and Celtic Crosses of the region.

Tullaun Castle

Tullaun Castle

Tullaun Castle is a 16th century Gaelic, O’Kennedy tower house located in the townland of Lisquillibeen, Coolbawn, North Tipperary, Ireland. This majestic, four-storey tower stands on a rock outcrop in …
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Graves of the Leinstermen

Graves of the Leinstermen

At The summit of Tountinna are the “GRAVES OF THE LEINSTERMEN”, today one stone is standing, the rest are covered in undergrowth. The site may have originally been a …
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St. Flannan’s Cathedral

St. Flannan’s Cathedral

A Romanesque cathedral was built in the 1180s by Donal O’Brien but was destroyed soon afterwards by Connacht forces. A new cathedral, built in the Gothic style, was completed …
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Nenagh Heritage Centre

Nenagh Heritage Centre

The Nenagh Heritage Centre and Museum, set in a 19th Century gaol in Nenagh County Tipperary, recreates and unlocks history.Nenagh Heritage Centre is located just a short walk from Nenagh …
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Nenagh Castle

Nenagh Castle

The castle is a Medieval building and has a stone spiral stairs to the top. There are 101 steps in all to the top. Access to the tower is through …
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East Galway Family History Society CLG

East Galway Family History Society CLG

The East Galway Family History Society based in Woodford village, south east Galway provides a genealogical research service to national and international clients whilst promoting tourism, business and heritage awareness …
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St. Cronan’s 10th Century Church, Tuamgraney

St. Cronan’s 10th Century Church, Tuamgraney

Believed to be one of the oldest Irish churches still in use, Tuamgraney Church was founded by St. Cronan, Abbot of Clonmacnoise, in the 10th century. Its believed that Brian Boru, …
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Inis Cealtra – Holy Island

Inis Cealtra – Holy Island

Inis Cealtra (Irish for Holy Island), in Lough Derg in County Clare, is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland. Its many attractions include a well preserved Round …
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Portumna Castle And Gardens

Portumna Castle And Gardens

Portumna Castle, built close to 4 centuries ago by the de Burgo (Burke) family, stands close to Lough Derg, the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park in Portumna, County Galway.This …
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The Irish Workhouse Centre

The Irish Workhouse Centre

The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co. Galway by the Lough Derg Lakelands is a cultural and heritage visitor attraction.

The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna tells a real story …
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Dominican Abbey Lorrha

Dominican Abbey Lorrha

In 1269, Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster, founded a Dominican monastery in Lorrha, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Roscrea, County Tipperary. There are ruins of three churches, …
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Saint Ruadhans Abbey Lorrha

Saint Ruadhans Abbey Lorrha

St. Ruadhan’s Abbey, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary – Lough Derg

Located about 30km from Nenagh in County Tipperary, the village of Lorrha is home to several important ecclesiastical ruins, including that of …
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Augustinian Abbey Lorrha

Augustinian Abbey Lorrha

The village of Lorrha in County Tipperary is home to the ruins of an Augustinian abbey established in the 12th century by the Order of Canons Regular. Over the course …
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Lackeen Castle Lorrha

Lackeen Castle Lorrha

This Castle was built in the 12th Century and rebuilt in the 16th Century by John O’Kennedy. In the process of rebuilding the Stowe Missal, a 9th Century Mass Book, …
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Redwood Castle

Redwood Castle

The Castle, which was probably erected as a Norman stronghold about 1210. Between 1350 and 1640 it was occupied by the MacEgans, a famous Brehon family who kept a renowned …
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Killaloe Cathedral and Churches

Killaloe Cathedral and Churches

Among the cathedral and churches in the village of Killaloe, County Clare, visitors will find an early monastery founded by St Fachnan, the cathedral established by Donal O Brien about …
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Beal Boru ‘Brian Boru’s Fort’

Beal Boru ‘Brian Boru’s Fort’

Brian Boru’s fort is a large ring fort between the River Shannon and the Killaloe to Tuamgraney road. It has long been identified as the ancient seat of Brian Boru, …
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Brian Boru

Brian Boru

Killaloe Heritage Centre displays an imaginative exhibition charting the history of Killaloe and its Celtic and nautical significance. With a section dedicated to Brian Boru the greatest High King of …
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