Local Attractions in and around Clonmellon
Killua Castle, and the nearby (Walter) Raleigh Obelisk, are situated near Clonmellon, County Westmeath, The present house was built in about 1780 by Sir Benjamin Chapman and consisted of a hall, dining room, oval drawing room, breakfast parlour and front and back stairs. There was also a stable yard, barn and haggard. From here, the Chapmans administered the surrounding farm lands of some 9,000 acres (36 km2) in the 18th century. In a ruinous condition, it was renovated in 2006
Ballinlough Castle http://www.ballinloughcastle.ie/index.php
Ballinlough Castle, a hidden gem in the Irish countryside and just one hour from Dublin has been owned by just one family for almost 400 years. It is currently home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Nugent and their family
Ireland's leading boutique Festival, BODY AND SOUL takes place over the summer solstice weekend in June each year and the castle and its grounds are available as a location for weddings and other events.
Causey Farm http://www.causey.ie/
Causey Farm is a fun based venue for a variety of entertainment, tourism and educational programs. We provide interactive cultural experiences in a friendly atmosphere for Irish and international groups, as well as fantastic seasonal events for families and individuals.
Our educational programs have an interactive, ‘Hands-On’ focus, visitors get to participate in all activities. For international tourists – learn about live Irish culture the fun way! Dance a jig, play the bodhráin, cut turf in a bog, bake brown soda bread, see a sheepdog at work and more!
Loughcrew Castle Gardens https://loughcrew.com/
Loughcrew House and Gardens are a 17th and 19th Century Irish landscape steeped in compelling history, with numerous scenic gardens and pleasure walks to enjoy. Home to the St. Oliver Plunkett Family Church, the central six-acre expanse was restored by generations of designers leading back to Charles Robert Cockerell, an innovator of neo-classical architecture. Today, we can marvel at an array of alluring routes through this planned-landscape.
Fore Abbey - Click for more info.
Fore Abbey monastic site comprises a series of historic and cultural importance and, has a very high tourism potential. Fore Abbey is a 7th century monastic site, located 16km west of Clonmellon. Amongst the historic structures is St Feichin’s church, built c. 900AD, Fore Abbey
(Benedictine Priory), the Anchorites cell (17th century), together with the Columbarium, Doaghfeighin, and Tobernacogany. Approximately 18 crosses were situated along the pilgrim trail within a 10 kilometre radius of Fore, collectively known as the Fore Crosses. However,
some are no longer in situ, while others need repair.
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