Banba Square, Nenagh
Nenagh, the administrative capital of North Tipperary, is the eastern gateway to Lough Derg. The town (pop. approximately 8,000) is very accessible, being just off the main M7 motorway linking Dublin and Limerick. It offers a wide choice of accommodation, eating places and other services for the visitor. With its central location within easy reach of many pleasant villages on the shores of Lough Derg and the lake itself, Nenagh is an ideal base for touring and exploring the region.
Noted for its friendly welcome, the town has a trading history stretching back over 1,000 years. Its name is derived from the Irish word, ‘Aonach’, meaning a market or gathering place. As visitors gather today in the pleasant town, there’s much to see and do there and all around.
The impressive sight of Nenagh Castle and its circular tower, currently under restoration, stands 30m (100ft) in height. This calls to mind the great castle built by the Norman Butler family in the 13th century, which was the scene of much turbulent activity down through the centuries. The castle stands in a pleasant green, surrounded by trees.
The old gaol, nearby, with its beautiful octagonal Governor’s Residence, is now an interesting visitor attraction. The Nenagh Heritage Centre is housed in the former governor’s house here, and offers fine insights into the town’s rich historical past, including its status as a major Anglo-Norman stronghold.
Nenagh has a well-earned reputation as one of Ireland’s food capitals, offering a top quality dining experience with a particular emphasis on locally-produced and organically grown food.
Nenagh Tourist Office (Tel. +353 67 31610) opens during the summer season and offers the visitor details on booking accommodation, places to eat, routes to take, maps, guides and books, places to visit, things to do and information on national and local events.