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Mallow Castle

"OLD" MALLOW CASTLE

Mallow Castle stands on about 33 acres of gardens and parkland at Deerpark, Mallow in County Cork. Overlooking the Blackwater River, one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Ireland, the castle is in a picturesque setting.


"NEW" MALLOW CASTLE

Behind the old Castle stands the new castle, a fine baronial building privately owned and superbly maintained.
In the grounds youmight catch a glimpse of a herd of White Fallow Deer. These deer are descended from two white bucks presented by Queen Elizabeth I to an earlier owner.

 

New Mallow Castle
Spa House, Mallow

SPA HOUSE

The discovery in 1724 of the curative powers of its Spa made Mallow one of the chief holiday resorts in Ireland for the years 1730 - 1810, a period during which 'the Grattans and Ned Lysaghts' of the day proffered snuff boxes, sat at card tables and danced minuets in the evening after drinking the waters.

THE CLOCK HOUSE

At the bottom of the town, you can't fail to miss the Clock House, a fine example of a half timbered Tudor building. The Clock was originally partof the tower of the Old Mallow Castle.

Clock House, Mallow 1901
St. James's Church, Mallow

ST. JAMES'S CHURCH

St. James's Church of Ireland Church was consecrated and opened in 1824. It is situated just off the Main Street in Mallow town on land which was donated by the Jephson family of Mallow Castle.

ST. MARY'S CHURCH

In 1818 the Church of St. Mary was built on a site just off Main St.whcih was donated by Mr. Charles Jephson of Mallow Csatle. This site was behind a row of houses that stood along Main St. Access was by a narrow lane.

St. Mary's Church, Mallow

Cobh Heritage Centre

COBH HERITAGE CENTRE

From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration.

This exodus from Ireland was largely as a result of poverty, crop failures, the land system and a lack of opportunity. Irish emigration reached unprecedented proportions during the famine as people fled from hunger and disease.

BLARNEY CASTLE

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.

Blarney Castle

THE DONKEY SANCTUARY

The Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork just outside the village of Liscarroll in Ireland. We welcome all visitors as the donkeys love the added fuss and attention they receive.

The Donkey Sanctuary
 
MOURNEABBEY

MOURNEABBEY

The Abbey was built c. 1199 by the Knights Hospitaller. It consisted of a church, mill, refectory, and storage buildings with a surrounding wall with guard towers. The Knights Templar were suppressed in 1307, with the Knights at Mourne being arrested and sent to Dublin. The abbey was granted to the Knights Hospitaller. The abbey was abandoned in 1541 after King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries.

ANNES GROVE GARDENS

Annes Grove Gardens are famous privately owned gardens open to the public during the summertime.

 

 

Annes Grove  Garden

Doneraile Wildlife Park

DONERAILE WILDLIFE PARK

The park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the 'Capability Brown' style. Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the park.

MILLSTREET COUNTRY PARK

Discover the many hidden gems at Millstreet Country Park. Lots of entertainment for the whole family – walking trails, gardens, archaeological sites, safari buggy tour, children’s outdoor activities, shuffleboard, wildlife and much more. Millstreet Country Park is ideal for cycling too – so why not bring your bike!

Millstreet Country Park
Fota House and Gardens

FOTA HOUSE AND GARDENS

Fota Island, nested in Cork Harbour is a unique place with its sheltered climate and fascinating history. It was originally the property of the Smith-Barry Family. Fota Island has developed over the years, with many attractions including the Fota Wildlife Park, Fota Golf Club and Sheraton Fota Hotel.


Doneraile Wildlife Park

FOTA WILDLIFE PARK

Preserving animal life and habitats in the wild are two of our primary objectives at Fota Wildlife Park.

We aim to make each and every visit to the Park an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for all ages.

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rise to a height of over 1000 metres. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, lies the 10,236 hectare (26,000 acres), Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.

Millstreet Country Park