Map of Nenagh Heritage Guide

Stroll around an historical town with a fascinating past and some mesmerising stories.

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Nenagh Heritage Guide
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Overview: Nenagh is a market town with a long and proud history; nearly every street salutes an Irish patriot in its name and other greats from O'Connell to De Valera were frequent visitors on the way to their constituencies. It's a colourful past that deserves to be heard and with this innovative audio app, we are delighted to have Councillor Kevin Whelan as our audio guide along the way.

Nenagh is the administrative capital of North Tipperary with a population of around 8,000 people. The town is easily accessed off the M7 Dublin-Limerick motorway. It's a town with a long tradition of trading and today is an excellent place for shopping, offering a wide variety to the discerning visitor.

The streetscape is dominated by the impressive round keep of Nenagh Castle, which rises high above the roofline onto Kickham and Pearse streets. Often referred to as the Keep, the castle rises 100 feet high and forms a landmark property in the town. This fortification was built by the great Butler family around 1200. Nenagh Castle was the ancestral home of the Butler family until 1385 when they moved their ancestral residence to Gowran in county Kilkenny. A few years later in 1391, they once more moved the seat of the family to Kilkenny Castle.

The history of Nenagh town is inextricably linked to the O'Kennedy's, who were the Gaelic chieftains of the local region, then known as Ormond. This family was responsible for the construction of the Franciscan Friary around 1250, the ruins of which can still be seen at the bottom of Friar street.

To those venturing beyond the town, the pretty shoreline villages of Terryglass, Ballinderry, Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Portroe and Ballina/Killaloe are only a short drive from Nenagh. these villages located near to the shoreline of Lough Derg offer the visitor an opportunity to discover the beautiful and captivating countryside of North Tipperary.

Tips: Nenagh's weather can be changeable so make sure you bring an umbrella and rain gear. Good comfortable sturdy footwear will serve you well, especially when making your way up the steps of the Castle Round. Like all our tours, this is best enjoyed at your leisure with plenty of time to savour the atmosphere & the redolence of history that abounds in such a town.

MULTIMEDIA APP
If you're reading this via the Trip Advisor page, you may wish to click on this link: - http://www.everytrail.com/guide/nenagh-heritage-guide which allows you to view this as a multimedia app with video, audio, text and pictures - enjoy it as it should be with all of these additions. To listen to the audio on your computer, you will need Adobe Flash Player: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

MAKING THE MOST OF THE APP
We highly recommend you download the EveryTrail PRO upgraded app to properly enjoy this Nenagh Heritage Guide.The EveryTrail PRO app allows for offline access - a one off payment of €3.59 that ensures you have access to the maps and audio when you need it out arond town. EveryTrail PRO can be downloaded onto iPhone or Android devices. That money goes to EveryTrail PRO's makers, not us - our guide is free.

The contents of this guide were collated, recorded and edited by the navigatour™ GPS service of Headland New Media Limited for Shannon Region Trails. The guide is offered subject to acceptance of the navigatour™ Licence Agreement, which is linked on the right hand column of this page.

THANKS: Kevin Whelan, Lisa McGee, Caoimin O'Brien, Virginia O'Dowd and the writings of Nancy and Donal Murphy which are gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks to Ruairi Deane of Shannon Development for commissioning this project together with its sister project, the Nenagh Medieval Food Tour.
Tourist Office
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Nenagh Castle
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Arts Centre
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Maps of Area
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Monument
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Courthouse
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Sporting heroes
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Gaol and Heritage Centre
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St. Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic church
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St. Mary's Church of Ireland
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The Dev connection
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The Battle of the Breeches
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Nenagh Guardian
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Pearse Street
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The Lecture Hall
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Franciscan Abbey
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Kenyon Street
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Church Tower
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Sonny O'Neill
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Starr's drapery
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Sarsfield Steet/Emmet Place
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Hanly's Place
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Onto Ashe Street
Junction
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Old Rialto cinema
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