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Portumna, Co. Galway

Portumna (Port Omna in Irish - meaning port of the oak) is a town on the border with County Tipperary in County Galway, at the point where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg. This historic crossing point over the Shannon river between counties Tipperary and Galway has a long history of bridges and ferry crossings.

The town is famous for Portumna Castle which both King James I and Queen Elizabeth I of England visited, and for the lords that lived there. The great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public. To the north of the house are formal, geometrically laid out gardens. Exhibitions are held in the castle and Gate House. (Conservation works are ongoing.)

Portumna Castle now includes the recently restored 17th century walled kitchen garden. Following its original plan the garden has been organically planted with fruit trees, flowers, herbs and vegetables, all combining to make it a treat to the senses. Portumna Castle is surrounded by the towns' local attractions - Lough Derg and the Forest Park. This wildlife sanctuary of one thousand acres borders the Lough and has a laid out nature trail and many lovely forest walks.

Portumna is a well-known tourist destination for boaters - there is a marina for Shannon pleasure cruisers, golfers and anglers thanks to its natural amenities. As the town is at the junction of the River Shannon and Lough Derg. There is an 18-hole parkland golf course just outside the town.

For angling enthusiasts, Portumna offers good fishing waters. The most commonly caught species include Pike, Perch, Bream, Roach and Hybrids.

Gardens

Bellefield Garden - Shinrone County Offaly Ireland
Bellefield
Birr, Co. Offaly
The love of plants is an all consuming passion for garden architect Angela Jupe and the rationale behind the creation of her new garden. It’s a passion that prompted her to plant 1,000 scarlet tulips for pointillist effect in the meadow i ...
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Golf

Birr Golf Club - Birr County Offaly Ireland
Birr Golf Club
Birr, Co. Offaly
Course Type: Parkland
The course at Birr Golf Club has been carved out of natural woodland and eskers and provides a strong challenge for even the most accomplished golfers. Undulating fairways, ridges, hills and hollows represent the nearest inland equivalent to the ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Stone Cottage
Portumna, Co. Galway
4 * Rating by Irish Tourist Board Situated in a rural location just five miles from the bustling town of Portumna, this delightful property has been rebuilt using the original stone from an old cottage and its outbuildings. The result is a fab ...
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What's On

Nenagh Farmers Market - Co Tipperary - Saturdays
Nenagh Farmers Market - Every Saturday 10-3pm

Quintins Way, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

Contact: Michael Seymour 086 400 0680
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Tourist Attractions

Clonmacnoise - Shannonbridge County Offaly Ireland
Clonmacnoise
Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly
Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
The Old Fort
Shannonbridge, Co. Roscommon
In a very pleasant site right at the bridge beside the mighty River Shannon, this restaurant is in a lovingly-restored 19th century fort, and has oodles of character - the old stone walls are several feet thick in places. Churches in the locality ...
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