Carrick On Suir

Carrick has long been defined by its strategic location on the River Suir and it was for this reason that the Butlers chose it as one of their strongholds.

Carrick On Suir


Carrick On Suir - Places to Visit in Tipperary

Carrick on Suir is a flourishing market town in South Eastern Tipperary with a colourful past. Located in the heart of the Golden Vale pasture-land of Ireland and situated on the River Suir.
The town makes a great base from which to plan some historical outings or hiking trips to the Comeragh Mountains.

Carrick on Suir was one of seven walled towns developed by the Normans in Tipperary following their conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. In medieval times, the town comprised 36 acres of land enclosed by the town wall, making it the largest town in the county at the time. Parts of the old town wall can still to be seen near Ormonde Castle and Castleview Tennis Club. The Elizabethan Ormonde Castle is a highlight for visitors—it's oldest feature, a walled bawn, dates back to the mid-15th century while the Tudor Manor House (the first of its kind in Ireland) was added sometime after 1565 by Thomas Butler, Third Earl of Ormonde.

The manor house features mullioned windows, carved stone chimney pieces and a ceiling and frieze of Elizabethan plaster-work. In the year 1447, a seven-arched stone bridge, now known as the Old Bridge, was built. One of the most handsome stone bridges in Ireland, it pre-dates the voyage of Columbus to the New World. It’s thought that "Richard The Builder", a member of the Ormonde family, was responsible for building the bridge. The beautiful town parks of Carrick on Suir were built with funds from a famine relief programme, land was also granted by the Ormonde family for the planting of public parks and trees on the Fair Green. Completed in around 1868, Carrick's historic parks are still enjoyed today by locals and visitors alike.

The arts scene is alive and well in Carrick on Suir with busy programmes of events (from theatre to musicals) on offer at the Brewery Theatre and the Operatic Society. Some of the town’s most famous residents include the Clancy Brothers, members of the world-famous folk group Makem and Clancy.

Cyclist Sean Kelly, an Irish former professional road bicycle racer (who gives his name to the central town square). Carrick on Suir Heritage Centre, housed in a former Protestant church, holds a wealth of information on the town’s origins as a walled Norse settlement and is an ideal spot in which to get your bearings before exploring. The Carrick on Suir Historic Town Walk takes in Ormonde Castle, the Old Bridge and St. Nicholas’s Church, amongst other landmarks.

For visiting golfers, Carrick on Suir Golf Course is a challenging 18 hole course located on the hills overlooking Carrick, and for walkers of all ages, a recently refurbished riverside walk along a former canal tow-path to Clonmel makes for a wonderful family outing. The Carrick on Suir Farmers Market is the perfect place to pick up some holiday treats and takes place on Fridays from 10am with a wide range of fresh local produce available

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