Co Cavan shares the 667 m peak of Cuilcagh with neighbouring Fermanagh. No ordinary mountain, this - it has underground streams which eventually become the headwaters of the lordly River Shannon, Ireland's longest river that passes south through many counties before exiting at the mighty estuary in Limerick. A magnet for tourism now with boating, fishing, cycling and walking-a-plenty.
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Cashel, Co. Tipperary
On a slip road at the top of the main street, just off the busy thoroughfare, siblings Elaine and JD Spearman's bakery and tea room is a charming old-style place to take a break for a bite to eat and 'freshly ground coffee or a grand cup of tea'.
It h ... more...
Garrykennedy, Co. Tipperary
Pub / Restaurant
You can’t miss this pretty white cottage pub with its cheerful red paintwork, at Garrykennedy’s charming little harbour. Maura and Cormac Boyle have gradually done a little gentle modernisation since they took over ownership of Larkins in 2 ... more...
Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Café / Deli / Speciality Store
Food-lovers from all over the country plan journeys around a visit to Peter and Mary Ward’s unique shop in Nenagh.
Old hands head for the little café at the back first, fortifying themselves with simple home-cooked food that reflects a po ... more...
Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Cookery School / Restaurant
Enda and Ailish Hennessy’s lovely country house style restaurant and cookery school is not the easiest place to find (it is sensible to get directions when booking) but, once discovered, what a welcome sight their neat pink-painted farmhouse pres ... more...
Terryglass, Co. Tipperary
Bar / Pub / Restaurant
Tables set up outside Michael and Joyce Soden’s popular Derg Inn please the summer crowd, and a crackling fire is a welcome sight on a cold day - like many country pubs this is, perhaps, a place seen at its best off-season.
This is one of the ar ... more...
Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Country House / Farmhouse / Restaurant
Built in 1720 by John Ryan, one of the few landed Catholic gentlemen in Tipperary, this magnificent Georgian house outside Thurles managed to survive some of the most turbulent periods in Irish history and to remain in the Ryan family for almost 300 ye ... more...
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
A growing number of people now see Athlone as a destination for holidays or short breaks and, for many, it would be unthinkable to visit the area or even pass through it without a visit to Annie McNamara and Mary McCullagh’s elegantly informal co ... more...
Glasson, Co. Westmeath
In an attractive stone building which formerly served as an RIC barracks, chef-proprietor Michael Brooks opened the Village Restaurant in 1986, making his mark as a culinary pioneer in the area; there’s a real country atmosphere about the place, ... more...
Glasson, Co. Westmeath
Restaurant with Rooms
Ray Byrne and Jane English’s lovely lakeside lodge styles itself ‘Ireland’s first wine hotel’ and, although it is not an hotel but a four star guesthouse, the accommodation - which now offers thirty beautiful rooms, a hot tub an ... more...
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
This smartly painted centrally located restaurant enjoys enduring popularity locally, pleasing people of all ages with its lively atmosphere and mix of traditional and contemporary favourites in Mullingar at reasonable prices.
This is beef country, so ... more...