Translating as “The Fair of Ormond” in reference to its historic fair, Nenagh is the largest town in northern Tipperary. It lies on the banks of the Nenagh River before it empties into nearby Lough Derg and is backed by the rolling peaks of the Silvermines Mountains.
Things to do in Nenagh
Stroll through the centre of Nenagh to admire its historic buildings, which include a mid-19th-century courthouse designed by the Irish architect John Keane. Take note of the Portroe slate and Lahorna stone used to construct the Neo-Gothic-style St. Mary’s of the Rosary Catholic Church, as well as the stained-glass window crafted by Harry Clarke in St Mary's Church of Ireland Church. Nenagh is also home to a ruined Franciscan friary where the centuries-old Annals of Nenagh were composed.
Occupying two stone-built Georgian buildings is the Nenagh Heritage Centre, which displays artefacts and old photographs that bring the town’s history to life. See the cells of the former Gatehouse where condemned prisoners were housed prior to execution and learn about life in rural Ireland in times gone by. The octagonal Governor’s Residence is now a listed historic monument.
A short walk from the Nenagh Heritage Centre are the remains of a 13th-century castle, which was built by Theobald Walter, the first Chief Butler of Ireland. Marvel at the cylindrical keep that still remains and was built from limestone blocks. You can climb the 101 steps that lead to the top to enjoy panoramic views across Nenagh.
Getting around Nenagh
Nenagh is around 30 minutes’ drive from Limerick and just under two hours from Dublin and Dublin Airport. Trains connect from destinations across Ireland to the Nenagh railway station while the town is compact enough to explore on foot.