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West of the river, in the interesting old part of Athlone town near the Norman castle (which has a particularly good visitors’ centre for history and information on the area, including flora and fauna of the Shannon), this seriously historic bar lays claim to being ...
Multyfarnham is a delightful traditional village in the gloriously unspoilt rolling countryside just north of Mullingar, and near Lough Derravaragh – where the mythical Children of Lir spent 300 years of their 900 year exile. Complete with a 13th-century Francisca ...
This unusual establishment in the centre of Birr runs through five Georgian townhouses. It was restored and refurbished some years ago, with a central courtyard garden and its surrounding stone arches making a major feature which is still very much a USP today. Dotted w ...
Just beside the bridge over the Shannon in Tarmonbarry, this well-run bar and restaurant is a favourite watering hole for river folk and makes a great place to break a journey between Dublin and the north-west. The bar is comfortably set up for food, and informal meals ...
Paul Dempsey and Pauline Roe’s almost-Shannonside bar and restaurant has a lovely olde world feeling with dark wood, bric-à-brac and prints and, unusually, it doubles as an art gallery, so good original paintings add interest and charm. But the good food ser ...
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 area’s best pub ...